[ 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.

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 forms

mac·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 Forms

macaronically, adverb

Word Origin for macaronic

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