Definition of macaroni in English:


Line breaks: maca|roni
Pronunciation: /ˌmakəˈrəʊni

noun (plural macaronies)

  • 1 [mass noun] Pasta in the shape of narrow tubes.
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    • 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 who imitated continental fashions.
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    • I think this is manifested in some ways in the idea of the macaroni and, later, the dandy.


early 16th century: from Italian maccaroni (now usually spelled maccheroni), plural of maccarone, from late Greek makaria 'food made from barley'.

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