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Definition of the noun macaroni

What does macaroni mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: macaronis (fop) / macaronies (less preferred form; fop) / macaronis (pasta)

  1. a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
  2. pasta in the form of slender tubes
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: alimentary paste / pasta = shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg

Alternative definition of the noun macaroni


  1. [uncountable] A type of pasta in the form of short tubes.
  2. (used by Italian-Americans, especially in Philadelphia and New Jersey) A generic term for pasta.
  3. [pejorative] In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a man who dressed and often spoke in an ostentatiously affected and effeminate manner.
  4. A sort of droll or fool; a fop; – applied especially to English fops of about 1775.


Macaroni is a variety of dry pasta, originating from Italy, made with durum wheat. Macaroni usually does not contain eggs and is normally cut in short, hollow shapes. It may be straight or curved, in which case it is frequently called elbow macaroni. Elbow maraconi is more common in the US and Canada, while British macaroni tends to be straight. Although home machines exist that can make macaroni shapes, macaroni is usually made commercially by large-scale extrusion. The curved shape is caused by different speeds on each side of the pasta tube as it comes out of the machine. The name comes from the Italian maccheroni, plural form of maccherone. A different name, chifferi or lumaconi, refers to bigger size of elbow-shape pasta.

  • also known as Macaroni, dry, enriched; Elbow macaroni; Macaroni, dry, unenriched
  • more generic: Pasta

There are other foods with Macaroni in their name, like Macaroni soup, Macaroni casserole, Macaroni and cheese.


"Macaroni" is a 1985 Italian comedy film directed by Ettore Scola. The film was selected as the Italian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 58th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.


  1. "Macaroni" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "Macaroni" is a musical album of Bobby Conn.


Macaroni is a fictional character from the 2008 film The Duchess.


  1. Macaroni was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from October 1862 to September 1863 he ran eight times and won seven races. In 1863 he won all seven of his races including the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, the Epsom Derby and the Doncaster Cup.
    • born in (156 years ago)
  2. Macaroni was a pony owned by John F. Kennedy.


Macaroni: A macaroni in mid-18th-century England was a fashionable fellow who dressed and even spoke in an outlandishly affected and epicene manner. The term pejoratively referred to a man who "exceeded the ordinary bounds of fashion" in terms of clothes, fastidious eating and gambling.

Phrases with Macaroni

  1. macaroni salad
  2. macaroni wheat
  3. Macaroni Cheese
  4. Macaroni Penguin
  5. macaroni and cheese
  6. Elbow macaroni

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Macaroni

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Google previewRobert Fergusson and the Scottish Periodical Press (2016)

by Rhona Brown

Although the Macaroni is a favourite target for Fergusson's satire alongside Samuel Johnson, John Fielding, John Wilkes...

Google previewPopular Errors Explained (2012)

by Stewart McCartney

MACARONI IS A long, hollow and fairly thick type of pasta, oft served up in a cheese sauce as comfort food. It is very different to the thinner sorts of pasta such as vermicelli or the ubiquitous spaghetti. But to the people who invented the stuff, ...

Google previewThe Life of Sir Joseph Banks (2011)

President of the Royal Society, with Some Notices of His Friends and Contemporaries by Edward Smith

The Fly-Catching Macaroni is an etching, colQured by hand, representing Sir Joseph Banks" standing with one foot on each of two globes. The spheres are reversed to each other. The Antartick Circle uf one, and the Artick Circle of the other, ...

Google previewThe Young Idea (1900)

Macaroni is the national dish of the Italians. They breakfast upon it,

Google previewCulture and the Condom (2005)

by Karen Anijar, Thuy DaoJensen

Macaroni is an openly gay city detective of Italian ethnicity, called in to investigate the several male castrations at Hotel Quickie, a seedy hotel known for its gay clientele and prostitution. As part of the city's safe sex campaign, condoms ...

Google preview2016 (2016)

by Günter Berghaus

Eating macaroni is a reference to Western things, to Italy , ...

Google previewFood Cultures of the World Encyclopedia (2011)

by Ken Albala

Buttered macaroni is a common side dish that may be served with any meal. The most famous Slavic pasta dishes are pelmeni and vareniki, boiled, filled dumplings. Vareniki are usually larger and often half-moon or triangular shaped, and ...

Google previewFood Culture in Russia and Central Asia (2005)

by Glenn Randall Mack, Asele Surina

Buttered macaroni is a common side dish served with any meal. The popular makarony po- flotski (literally "pasta of the fleet," because it is filling and easy to make — a bachelor's specialty) incorporates boiled macaroni and seasoned ground ...

Google previewAdvances in Food Research (1981)

TAPIOCA MACARONI Tapioca macaroni is a blend of tapioca flour, peanut flour, and wheat semolina in the ratio 60:15:25, formed with standard industrial equipment into macaroni shapes, and also into a product closely resembling rice ...

Google previewThe American Miller and Processor (1912)

Unsophisticated buckwheat macaroni is a dull white, covered with myriads of tiny specks, and retains the characteristic, agreeable buckwheat odor.

The Oriental wheat macaroni is an eminently satisfactory product, standing boiling well without getting pasty [exhibit D]; and an...

it is suspected the reason of being for the wheat-and-rice macaroni is that the left-overs may be recooked next day without the ...

Google previewFood and Drink in American History (2013)

A "Full Course" Encyclopedia by Andrew F. Smith

Macaroni is a narrow hollow pasta made with durum wheat.

Google previewThe Wizard of Food's Encyclopedia of Kitchen & Cooking Secrets (2010)

by Myles H. Bader

The word macaroni actually came from the exclamation made by the Italians in the 1700s when they saw the price the Germans were asking for pasta. The Italians were upset at the price and said “ma caroni,” which meant “but it's too dear”; the ...

Google previewDictionary of Food Ingredients (2011)

by Robert S. Igoe

Macaroni products are prepared by drying formed units of dough made from semolina, durum flour, farina, flour, or any combination of two or more of these with water. Optional ingredients which may be used are egg white (from 0.5 to 2.0 %); ...

Google previewThe Wizard of Food's Encyclopedia of Kitchen & Cooking Secrets

The word macaroni actually came from the exclamation made by the Italians in the 1700s when they saw the price the Germans were asking for pasta. The Italians were upset at the price and said “ma caroni,” which meant “but it's too dear”; the ...

Google previewMazdaznan encyclopedia of dietetics and home cook book (1909)

cooked and uncooked foods, what to eat and how to eat it ...

MACARONI WITH CHEESE. One-half pound macaroni, one cupful of milk, three tablespoonfuls grated cheese, two eggs, two ...

Google previewDictionary: English-Neapolitan; Neapolitan-English (2014)

by Dale Erwin, Tessa Fedele

macaroni n. maccarone; to season the...

Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Archaeology (2013)

by Barbara Ann Kipfer

macaroni style: Inart, Late Palaeolithic finger tracings in ...

Google previewCassell's Dictionary of Slang (2005)

by Jonathon Green

MACARONI n.3] mac n.2 [1970s] a condom. [SE macintosh)] mac « .

Google previewAntarctica and the Arctic Circle: A Geographic Encyclopedia of the Earth's Polar Regions [2 volumes] (2014)

by Andrew Jon Hund

The macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) is a medium-sized bird that nests on islands in the Antarctic region. As with all other penguin species, it is flightless although with sturdy flippers for underwater dexterity. Typical of the penguins ...

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Quotes about Macaroni

I'm just some lunatic macaroni mushroom, is that it? (Joe Pesci)
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Scrabble value of M3A1C3A1R1O1N1I1

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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