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- pasta in the form of tubes or in various other shapes, often baked with cheese, ground meat, etc.
- pl. macaronies an English dandy in the 18th cent. who affected foreign mannerisms and fashions
Origin: It maccaroni, maccheroni, plural of maccherone from Late Greek makaria, food of broth and barley groats, sacrificial cake made from such mixture, literally , blessed (cake) from Gr, bliss from makar, blessed
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- pl. macaroni Pasta in any of various hollow shapes, especially short curved tubes.
- pl. macaroni or mac·a·ro·nies a. A well-traveled young Englishman of the 18th and 19th centuries who affected foreign customs and manners.b. A fop.
Origin: Italian dialectal maccaroni, pl. of maccarone, dumpling, macaroni.