Origin of macaroni
- Italian 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 eon)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Italian maccaroni, obsolete variant of maccheroni (“macaroni"), plural of maccherone, of uncertain origin.