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

Other Words from macaronic

macaronic noun

Examples of macaronic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The term macaronic postdates the earliest of these carols. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Dec. 2021 The cinema is incredibly macaronic and incredibly deep. Tre'vell Anderson,, 26 Jan. 2018 A Hymn to the Virgin,’ with that macaronic text and that Jacob’s ladder up to the lines ‘ Nico Muhly, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2017

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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 24 May. 2022.

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