mac·​a·​ron·​ic | \ ˌma-kə-ˈrä-nik How to pronounce macaronic (audio) \

Definition of macaronic

1 : characterized by a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with non-Latin words having Latin endings
2 : characterized by a mixture of two languages

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macaronic noun

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First Known Use of macaronic

1638, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for macaronic

New Latin macaronicus, from Italian dialect maccarone macaroni

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“Macaronic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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