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macaroni

Line breaks: maca|roni
Pronunciation: /ˌmakəˈrəʊni
 
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Definition of macaroni in English:

noun (plural macaronies)

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

Origin

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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