macaronic

[ mak-uh-ron-ik ]
/ ˌmæk əˈrɒn ɪk /

adjective

composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words or non-Latin words given Latin endings.
composed of a mixture of languages.
mixed; jumbled: His bureau drawer was a macaronic hodgepodge of unmatched socks.

noun

macaronics, macaronic language.
a macaronic verse or other piece of writing.

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Origin of macaronic

First recorded in 1605–15; from Medieval Latin macarōnicus, from dialectal Italian maccarone (from the association of macaroni as peasant food with the vernacular language of peasants) + Latin -icus; see origin at macaroni, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM macaronic

mac·a·ron·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for macaronic

macaronic
/ (ˌmækəˈrɒnɪk) /

adjective

(of verse) characterized by a mixture of vernacular words jumbled together with Latin words or Latinized words or with words from one or more other foreign languages

noun

(often plural) macaronic verse

Derived forms of macaronic

macaronically, adverb

Word Origin for macaronic

C17: from New Latin macarōnicus, literally: resembling macaroni (in lack of sophistication); see macaroni
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