mac·​a·​ron·​ic ˌma-kə-ˈrä-nik How to pronounce macaronic (audio)
: characterized by a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with non-Latin words having Latin endings
: characterized by a mixture of two languages
macaronic noun

Examples of macaronic in a Sentence

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Word History


New Latin macaronicus, from Italian dialect maccarone macaroni

First Known Use

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of macaronic was in 1638

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“Macaronic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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