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[mak-uh-roh-nee] /ˌmæk əˈroʊ ni/
noun, plural macaronis, macaronies for 2.
small, tubular pasta prepared from wheat flour.
an English dandy of the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms, clothes, etc.
Also, maccaroni.
Origin of macaroni
1590-1600; earlier maccaroni < dialectal Italian, plural of maccarone (Italian maccherone). See macaroon Unabridged
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Examples from the web for macaroni
  • It is not good news that more people are eating macaroni and cheese and smoking cigarettes.
  • Being the animal that finds and eats the old macaroni is not.
  • Arrange alternate layers of cold, cooked sliced chicken and boiled macaroni or rice.
  • macaroni penguins form such a close bond with their mates that they can identify a mate's voice in a crowded colony.
  • We huddle around a communal bowl, sharing spoons to dip out mouthfuls of salty macaroni seasoned with desert herbs.
  • Invert set macaroni and cheese onto a cutting board and remove parchment.
  • He stops to ponder the buffet, to get a good whiff of the fried chicken and the macaroni and cheese.
  • macaroni and cheese has supplanted credit-default swaps at the fulcrum of capitalism.
  • My diet would soon include, once again, cupcakes and macaroni and applesauce.
  • The firm is steadily building its private-label brands, from bottled water to organic macaroni and cheese.
British Dictionary definitions for macaroni


noun (pl) -nis, -nies
pasta tubes made from wheat flour
(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 macaroni

"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 macaroni


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

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

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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