• WordNet 3.6
    • n macaroni pasta in the form of slender tubes
    • n macaroni a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms "Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canadians eat more Kraft Dinner (Macaroni and Cheese) per capita than any other country in the world
    • Macaroni A finical person; a fop; -- applied especially to English fops of about 1775, who affected the mannerisms and clothing of continental Europe.
    • Macaroni A medley; something droll or extravagant.
    • Macaroni A sort of droll or fool.
    • Macaroni Long slender tubes made of a paste chiefly of a wheat flour such as semolina, and used as an article of food; a form of Italian pasta.
    • Macaroni (U. S. Hist) The designation of a body of Maryland soldiers in the Revolutionary War, distinguished by a rich uniform.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes about a half a gallon of water to cook macaroni, and about a gallon to clean the pot
    • n macaroni A kind of paste or dough prepared, originally and chiefly in Italy, from the glutinous granular flour of hard varieties of wheat, pressed into long tubes or pipes through the perforated bottom of a vessel furnished with mandrels, and afterward dried in the sun or by low heat. The same material, called Italian paste, is also made into a thread-like product called vermicelli, and into sticks, lozenges, disks, ribbons, etc. Macaroni, cooked in various ways, constitutes a leading article of food in Italy, especially in Naples and Genoa, and it is much used elsewhere. Imitations of it are made in other countries from ordinary flour, which is much less suitable.
    • n macaroni A medley; something extravagant or calculated to please an idle fancy.
    • n macaroni A London exquisite of the eighteenth century; a fop; a dandy; a member of the Macaroni Club. See II., 1.
    • n macaroni A crested penguin or rock-hopper: a sailors' name. See penguin, and cut under Eudyptes.
    • macaroni Consisting of gay or stylish young men: specifically [capitalized] applied to a London club, founded about the middle of the eighteenth century, composed of young men who had traveled and sought to introduce elegances of dress and bearing from the continent.
    • macaroni Of or pertaining to macaronis or fops; exquisite.
    • n macaroni A vulgar name in Jamaica for a Mexican quarter-dollar, or, afterward, for an English shilling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Macaroni, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Emperor are types of penguins.
    • n Macaroni mak-a-rō′ni a kind of paste or dough prepared from the glutinous granular flour of hard varieties of wheat, pressed out through a perforated vessel into long tubes, and then dried: a medley: something fanciful and extravagant: a fool: a fop
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Prov. It. macaroni, It. maccheroni, fr. Gr. happiness, later, a funeral feast, fr. blessed, happy. Prob. so called because eaten at such feasts in honor of the dead; cf. Gr. blessed, i. e., dead. Cf. Macaroon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old It. maccaronimaccare, to crush.


In literature:

MRS. M. Take some macaroni, Mr. Morris; it's real good.
"Funny Little Socks" by Sarah. L. Barrow
The issues, clear enough to us, seem to him mixed as macaroni.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
It will make the Macaronies mad as March hares.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
With the meat we always had potatoes, and either green vegetables or macaroni.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
Macaroni is made into puddings a great deal, and so is vermicelli; but they are at best very indifferent dishes.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Didn't they tell you about my Native of Italy eating Macaroni?
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
Of late we of the states have manufactured our own boots, and all citizens wear them save the macaronis.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Cover the bottom of a buttered baking dish with the macaroni, adding chicken and macaroni in alternate layers.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Add hot tomato mixture slowly, mix well, and pour over Macaroni.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller
Two ounces of macaroni, vermicelli, pearl barley, sago, tapioca, rice, or oatmeal, are usually allowed for each quart of stock.
"The Cooking Manual of Practical Directions for Economical Every-Day Cookery" by Juliet Corson

In poetry:

Guglielmo Marconi
Was brought up on macaroni,
But when he gets it now
There’s no end of a row.
"Clerihew – Marconi" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
There's German flutes,
Marocky boots,
And Naples Macaronies;
Has sent Bohay;
Polonia her polonies.
"The Crystal Palace" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Fried catfish, potatoes (fried and boiled), macaroni and cheese and baked beans were served at the St Michael's Catholic Church Knights of Columbus Council 8916, Russellville, Fish Fry held Friday, March 25.
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Package macaroni and cheese dinner.
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View full size Macaroni and Cheese at the Savory Tavern on Southeast Clinton Street.
Everybody loves macaroni and cheese.
Tom's Spicy Macaroni with Clams and Sausage.
He arrived at their tailgate with cooked macaroni , Italian sausage and clams.
Romano's Macaroni Grill: $10 off $20 coupon valid on to-go orders today only.
Romano's Macaroni Grill shared a $10 off $20 coupon valid on to go orders placed today only.
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Romano's Macaroni Grill acquires units from franchisee in bankruptcy.