- 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.
- macaronics, macaronic language.
- a macaronic verse or other piece of writing.
Origin of macaronic
Related Wordsbunk, baloney, hooey, cant, rigmarole, drivel, rubbish, bull, balderdash, gibberish, amphigory, bosh, cento
Examples from the Web for macaronic
I told him in three languages—in Italian, in French, and in Latin (macaronic, of course); but it was dense darkness to him.
Macaronic Poetry creates but little interest in these days, though there are still students who appreciate some of its qualities.
He himself observed due measure in it; but in the hands of his successors it degraded French to an almost Macaronic jargon.A Short History of French Literature
For humorous but vivid pictures of a professor's lecture-room, see the macaronic poems of Odassi and Fossa quoted by me in vol.Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)
John Addington Symonds
Folengo in Italy and Arena in France are considered as the macaronic classics.
- (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
- (often plural) macaronic verse
Word Origin and History for macaronic
1610s, in reference to a form of verse consisting of vernacular words in a Latin context with Latin endings; applied loosely to verse in which two or more languages are jumbled together; from Modern Latin macaronicus (coined 1517 by Teofilo Folengo), from dialectal Italian maccarone (see macaroni), in reference to the mixture of words in the verse: "quoddam pulmentum farina, caseo, botiro compaginatum, grossum, rude, et rusticanum" [Folengo].