mac·​a·​roon ˌma-kə-ˈrün How to pronounce macaroon (audio)
: a small cookie composed chiefly of egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or coconut

Examples of macaroon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a top British afternoon tea with a twist, try the truffle sausage rolls and espresso martini macaroons with a pot of wild cherry. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 24 June 2023 Pineapple, coconut, and red maraschino cherries help make these macaroons a hit at any gathering or party. Jenna Sims, Southern Living, 12 June 2023 The tiny, eight-seat Koya, from Adriana and Eric Fralick, was commended for its dishes like a beet-and-vodka-smoked salmon macaroon and a chutoro hand roll with wasabi guacamole. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 12 May 2023 And, fine pastries are served, like the Darjeeling tea, red velvet and cherry macaroons, the King’s favorite chocolate biscuit cake, lemon meringue pie, and carrot and mascarpone cake. Allyson Portee, Forbes, 3 May 2023 While guests tucked into the macaroons and cake, Geyman made tea: a holy basil ptisan grown in Vermont for those who eschew caffeine and a Japanese black variety sourced from a family farm in Shizuoka for everyone else. Aliza Abarbanel, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Geyman’s sister, Lauren, also a naturopathic doctor, provided homemade coconut macaroons. Aliza Abarbanel, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 Malton prides itself as the food capital of the county, and the royals traveled north to learn more about the work of six artisan vendors including a butcher, a baker and a macaroon maker! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 Apr. 2023 Coconut macaroons, on the other hand, are infinitely easier to make, with four to five ingredients that are probably already in your pantry. Chef Lilla Bernal, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French macaron, going back to Middle French, borrowed from regional Italian maccarone, macarone "filled pasta" — more at macaroni

First Known Use

circa 1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of macaroon was circa 1611

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“Macaroon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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mac·​a·​roon ˌmak-ə-ˈrün How to pronounce macaroon (audio)
: a cookie or small cake made of egg whites, sugar, and ground almonds or coconut

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