A bowl of macaroni and cheese.
- 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 of macaroniItalian 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 Classical Greek bliss ; from makar, blessed
- 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 1700s and 1800s who affected foreign customs and manners.b. A fop.
Origin of macaroniItalian dialectal maccaroni, pl. of maccarone, small lump of pasta, piece of macaroni, variant of standard Italian maccheroni, pl. of maccherone, perhaps from Greek makariā, barley groats in soup or sauce, especially as served at funeral meals (from makarios, blessed, favored by the gods, from makar, blessed, of unknown origin) or from Byzantine Greek makariōneia, funeral chant (perhaps also formerly used by Greek communities in Italy to designate a funeral meal) : Greek makarios, blessed + aiōnios, eternal (from aiōn, eon; see eon).
- (uncountable) A type of pasta in the form of short tubes; sometimes loosely, pasta in general. [from 17th c.]
- (pejorative, now historical) A fop, a dandy; especially a young man in the 18th century who had travelled in Europe and who dressed and often spoke in an ostentatiously affected Continental manner. [from 17th c.]
From Italian maccaroni, obsolete variant of maccheroni (“macaroni”), plural of maccherone, of uncertain origin.