[ mak-uh-ron-ik ]
/ ˌmæk əˈrɒn ɪk /


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.

Nearby words

  1. macarena,
  2. macaron,
  3. macaroni,
  4. macaroni cheese,
  5. macaroni wheat,
  6. macaroon,
  7. macarthur,
  8. macarthur, douglas,
  9. macartney rose,
  10. macassar

Origin of macaronic

1605–15; < Medieval Latin macarōnicus < dialectal Italian maccarone macaroni + Latin -icus -ic; from the association of macaroni as peasant food with the vernacular language of peasants

Related formsmac·a·ron·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for macaronic


/ (ˌmækəˈrɒnɪk) /


(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
Derived Formsmacaronically, adverb

Word Origin for macaronic

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

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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].

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