a drop cookie made of egg whites, sugar, usually almond paste or coconut, and sometimes a little flour.

1605–15; < Middle French macaron < dialectal Italian maccarone cake or biscuit made of ground almonds; see macaroni Unabridged
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macaroon (ˌmækəˈruːn)
a kind of sweet biscuit made of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites
[C17: via French macaron from Italian maccaronemacaroni]

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Word Origin & History

1611, "small sweet cake consisting largely of ground almonds," from Fr. macaron (16c.), from It. dial. maccarone (see macaroni). Fr. meaning said to have been invented 1552 by Rabelais. The -oon ending was conventional in 15c.-17c. Eng. to add emphasis to borrowings of
Fr. nouns ending in stressed -on.
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Encyclopedia Britannica


cookie or small cake made of sugar, egg white, and almonds, ground or in paste form, or coconut. The origin of the macaroon is uncertain. The name is applied generally to many cookies having the chewy, somewhat airy consistency of the true macaroon.

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Example sentences
Sprinkle macaroon crumbs on the top aid a dash of nutmeg.
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