Definition of macaroni
1 : pasta made from semolina and shaped in the form of slender tubes
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 : macaroni penguin
Examples of macaroni in a sentence
<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 English Language Learners
Definition of macaroni for English Language Learners
: a type of pasta in the shape of small curved tubes
MACARONI Defined for Kids
Definition of macaroni for Students
: pasta in the shape of little curved tubes
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