- small, tubular pasta prepared from wheat flour.
- an English dandy of the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms, clothes, etc.
Origin of macaroni
Examples from the Web for macaroni
Contemporary Examples of macaroni
They would soak bags of macaroni to make dough, roll it out and create dumplings, which they sold with a side of lo mein.
To cook the macaroni the commissary sold hotpots, which you needed a permit to possess and could only buy one a time.
Telling poor children that that fourth box of macaroni and cheese is excessive is something very different.The Republicans’ Food Stamp Fraud: It’s Not About Austerity
October 26, 2013
By the Middle Ages, the trade in macaroni and vermicelli was already well established.The Strange Way We Eat: Bee Wilson’s ‘Consider the Fork’
October 13, 2012
The rain pretty much passed the party over and guests dined on macaroni and cheese, spare ribs, and chocolate bread pudding.Party Hopping Before the Oscars
The Daily Beast
March 7, 2010
Historical Examples of macaroni
Serve in a hot dish, with a border of boiled rice or macaroni.
Put a layer of macaroni in the bottom of a greased pie-dish.
Proceed in this way, until the dish is full (the top layer must be macaroni).
Macaroni, rice, and such things are left a prey to mice or insects.Nelson's Home Comforts
The issues, clear enough to us, seem to him mixed as macaroni.The Paliser case
- pasta tubes made from wheat flour
- (in 18th-century Britain) a dandy who affected foreign manners and style
Word Origin 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.