Definition of macaroni in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmakəˈrōnē/

noun (plural macaronies)

1A variety of pasta formed in narrow tubes.
Example sentences
  • The pastas include lasagne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, macaroni, tortellini and capellini, so you're not going to get much more Italian than that!
  • A French table is likely to have on it a cauldron of vegetable soup, complete with carrots and chard and tiny pasta shapes such as macaroni.
  • Drain the pasta or macaroni, then return it to the saucepan.
2An 18th-century British dandy affecting Continental fashions.
Example sentences
  • I think this is manifested in some ways in the idea of the macaroni and, later, the dandy.


Late 17th century: from Italian maccaroni (now usually spelled maccheroni), plural of maccarone, from late Greek makaria 'food made from barley'.

  • When ‘Yankee Doodle went to town a-riding on a pony’ and ‘stuck a feather in his hat and called it macaroni’, he was not confusing his headgear with pasta. He was presenting himself as a dandy — completely unconvincingly, reflecting the English view of Americans, then still under British colonial rule, as lacking sophistication. In 18th-century Britain the macaronis were young men who had travelled abroad and exaggeratedly imitated continental fashions. The pasta dish pre-dated this trend. Its name also survives in macaroon (late 16th century), which came through French, changing its recipe on the way. Italian macaroni goes back to Greek makaria ‘food made from barley’.

Words that rhyme with macaroni

abalone, Albinoni, Annigoni, Antonioni, baloney, Bodoni, boloney, bony, calzone, cannelloni, canzone, cicerone, coney, conversazione, coronae, crony, Gaborone, Giorgione, Manzoni, Marconi, mascarpone, minestrone, Moroni, Mulroney, padrone, panettoni, pepperoni, phoney, polony, pony, rigatoni, Shoshone, Sloaney, stony, Toni, tony, zabaglione

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Syllabification: mac·a·ro·ni

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