- pasta in the form of tubes or in various other shapes, often baked with cheese, ground meat, etc.
- pl. -·nies 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 Gr, 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 makari&amacron;, 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 makari&omacron;neia, funeral chant (perhaps also formerly used by Greek communities in Italy to designate a funeral meal) : Greek makarios, blessed + ai&omacron;nios, eternal (from ai&omacron;n, 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.]
- elbow macaroni
- See also pasta
From Italian maccaroni, obsolete variant of maccheroni (“macaroni"), plural of maccherone, of uncertain origin.