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macaroni

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noun mac·a·ro·ni \ˌma-kə-ˈrō-nē\

Simple Definition of macaroni

  • : a type of pasta in the shape of small curved tubes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of macaroni

  1. 1 :  pasta made from semolina and shaped in the form of slender tubes

  2. 2 plural macaronis or macaronies [Macaroni Club, a group of such Englishmen] a :  a member of a class of traveled young Englishmen of the late 18th and early 19th centuries who affected foreign ways b :  an affected young man :  fop

  3. 3 :  macaroni penguin

Examples of macaroni in a sentence

  1. <the glitter rock of the 1970s seemed more about mascaraed macaronis than about music>



Did You Know?

As you may have suspected, the macaroni in the song "Yankee Doodle" is not the familiar food. The feather in Yankee Doodle's cap apparently makes him a macaroni in the now rare "fop" or "dandy" sense. The sense appears to have originated with a club established in London by a group of young, well-traveled Englishmen in the 1760s. The founders prided themselves on their appearance, sense of style, and manners, and they chose the name Macaroni Club to indicate their worldliness. Because macaroni was, at the time, a new and rather exotic food in England, the name was meant to demonstrate how stylish the club's members were. The members were themselves called macaronis, and eventually macaroni became synonymous with dandy and fop.

Origin and Etymology of macaroni

Italian maccheroni, plural of maccherone, from Italian dialect maccarone dumpling, macaroni


First Known Use: 1599



MACARONI Defined for Kids

macaroni

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noun mac·a·ro·ni \ˌma-kə-ˈrō-nē\

Definition of macaroni for Students

  1. :  pasta in the shape of little curved tubes





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