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macaroni

[mak-uh-roh-nee] /ˌmæk əˈroʊ ni/
noun, plural macaronis, macaronies for 2.
1.
small, tubular pasta prepared from wheat flour.
2.
an English dandy of the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms, clothes, etc.
Also, maccaroni.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; earlier maccaroni < dialectal Italian, plural of maccarone (Italian maccherone). See macaroon
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British Dictionary definitions for macaronies

macaroni

/ˌmækəˈrəʊnɪ/
noun (pl) -nis, -nies
1.
pasta tubes made from wheat flour
2.
(in 18th-century Britain) a dandy who affected foreign manners and style
Word Origin
C16: from Italian (Neapolitan dialect) maccarone, probably from Greek makaria food made from barley
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Word Origin and History for macaronies

macaroni

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for macaronies

macaroni

noun
  1. Sawdust (1940s+ Loggers)
  2. gangster; mafioso: The macaronis are shooting each other (1980s+)

[macaroni, ''an Italian,'' is found by 1845]


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Encyclopedia Article for macaronies

macaroni

in art, Late Paleolithic finger tracings in clay. It is one of the oldest and simplest known forms of art. Innumerable examples appear on the walls and ceilings of limestone caves in France and Spain (see Franco-Cantabrian art), the oldest dating back about 30,000 years. Examples of the form range from simple scratchings and jumbled, apparently aimless lines to deliberate meanders, arabesques, and outline drawings of animals and humans.

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