Origin of macaronicFrench macaronique ; from Italian maccaronico ; from maccaroni, literally , macaroni: see macaroni
- Of or containing a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with vernacular words given Latinate endings: macaronic verse.
- Of or involving a mixture of two or more languages.
Origin of macaronicFrench macaronique, or Latin macaronicus, after Macaronea, title of a poem by Tifi Odasi (c.1450–1492), 15th-century Italian author, that contained such verse and satirized those who used poor Latin and affectedly Latinized Italian, from Italian maccherone, macaroni (considered food for peasants); see macaroni.
(comparative more macaronic, superlative most macaronic)
- (literature) A work of macaronic character.
- (linguistics) A word consisting of a mix of words of two or more languages, one of which is Latin, or a non-Latin stem with a Latin ending.
From New Latin, 1517 coinage, macaronicus, from Italian (Neapolitan dialect) maccarone (“coarse dumpling").