or mac·ca·ro·ni

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noun, plural mac·a·ro·nis, mac·a·ro·nies for 2.
  1. small, tubular pasta prepared from wheat flour.
  2. an English dandy of the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms, clothes, etc.

Origin of macaroni

1590–1600; earlier maccaroni < dialectal Italian, plural of maccarone (Italian maccherone). See macaroon Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for macaroni

tortellini, spaghetti, penne, shells

Examples from the Web for macaroni

Contemporary Examples of macaroni

Historical Examples of macaroni

  • Serve in a hot dish, with a border of boiled rice or macaroni.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Put a layer of macaroni in the bottom of a greased pie-dish.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Proceed in this way, until the dish is full (the top layer must be macaroni).

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Macaroni, rice, and such things are left a prey to mice or insects.

  • The issues, clear enough to us, seem to him mixed as macaroni.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for macaroni



noun plural -nis or -nies
  1. pasta tubes made from wheat flour
  2. (in 18th-century Britain) a dandy who affected foreign manners and style

Word Origin for macaroni

C16: from Italian (Neapolitan dialect) maccarone, probably from Greek makaria food made from barley
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Word Origin and History for macaroni

"tube-shaped food made of dried wheaten paste" [Klein], 1590s, from southern Italian dialectal maccaroni (Italian maccheroni), plural of maccarone, name for a kind of pasty food, possibly from maccare "bruise, batter, crush," of unknown origin, or from late Greek makaria "food made from barley."

Used after c.1764 to mean "fop, dandy" (e.g. "Yankee Doodle") because it was an exotic dish at a time when certain young men who had traveled the continent were affecting French and Italian fashions and accents. There is said to have been a Macaroni Club in Britain, which was the immediate source of the term.

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