• WordNet 3.6
    • adj macaronic of or containing a mixture of Latin words and vernacular words jumbled together "macaronic verse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Macaronic A heap of things confusedly mixed together; a jumble.
    • Macaronic A kind of burlesque composition, in which the vernacular words of one or more modern languages are intermixed with genuine Latin words, and with hybrid formed by adding Latin terminations to other roots.
    • Macaronic Of or pertaining to the burlesque composition called macaronic; as, macaronic poetry.
    • Macaronic Pertaining to, or like, macaroni (originally a dish of mixed food); hence, mixed; confused; jumbled.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • macaronic Of or pertaining to the food macaroni.
    • macaronic Pertaining to or like a macaroni or fop; hence, trifling; vain; affected.
    • macaronic In lit., using, or characterized by the use of, many strange, distorted, or foreign words or forms, with little regard to syntax, yet with sufficient analogy to common words and constructions to be or seem intelligible: as, a macaronic poet; macaronic verse. Specifically, macaronic verse or poetry is a kind of burlesque verse in which words of another language are mingled with Latin words, or are made to figure with Latin terminations and in Latin constructions. The term was brought into vogue by the popular satirical works in this style of the Mantuan Teofilo Folengo (died 1544). It is probable that this use of the word has reference to the varied ingredients which enter into the preparation of a dish of macaroni.
    • n macaronic A confused heap or mixture of several things.
    • n macaronic Macaronic verse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Macaronic a confused heap, a medley: a macaronic poem
    • adjs Macaronic like a macaroni, trifling, affected: of a kind of burlesque verse, consisting of modern words Latinised, or Latin words modernised, intermixed with genuine Latin words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. It. maccheronico, F. macaronique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Old It. maccaronimaccare, to crush.


In literature:

The abbe spoke a macaronic Spanish, which he had learned in South America, and which provoked Caesar's laughter.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
Some of the triplets appear to me very poor, and hardly above macaronic Latin.
"Notes & Queries, No. 39. Saturday, July 27, 1850" by Various
Sidgwick's praise of tobacco, classically draped in Greek verse, occasionally of the macaronic order, is delightful.
"The Social History of Smoking" by G. L. Apperson
With this dose about thirty macarons can be obtained.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
We find them in the Macaronics of Merlin Coccaius, and in scores of older authorities.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
Sometimes two or three, or as many as a dozen, would set to work on the same refrain, the same idea, or in the same macaronic jargon.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The two cardinals indulge in an astounding macaronic jargon, the one of Italian mingled with Latin, the other of Latin mingled with French.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Only a competent classical scholar can write good macaronics; only a good poet can write clever doggerel.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. VIII" by Various
Another characteristic in macaronics is that these poems recognise no law in orthography, etymology, syntax, or prosody.
"Poetical Ingenuities and Eccentricities" by Various
Cork float Flotteur en liege; macaron.
"English-French and French-English dictionary of the motor car, cycle, and boat" by Frederick Lucas

In news:

I'd never had a macaron until last night, when I braved the line, and the rain, for my first-ever taste of those light and lovely (and unequivocally French) treats by luxury Parisian patisserie Ladurée.
A chocolate macaron with strawberry mousse, strawberry powder and dark chocolate sorbet.
Ladurée is the chicest tea house in Europe and best place for macarons.
When Macaron Parlour's booth first appeared at the Hester Street Fair nearly a year ago, customers were wary of the small, round, brightly colored cookies with filling sold there.
Bad Macarons, Emily Dickinson, and Forbidden Chorizo : Eating & Reading.
Bad Macarons, Emily Dickinson , and Forbidden Chorizo: Eating & Reading.
A new book about macarons brings the French confection into American kitchens.
Not to be confused with the American notion of a sticky sweet coconut-covered macaroon, the French macaron provides a tasty morsel, whether sweet or savory.
The French macaron is a simple cookie made with almonds, sugar and egg whites.
Candied Bacon & Maple Cream Cheese Macaron.
At first bite, I thought what a delectable consistency of macaron, the crumbly outer shell, the chewy layer underneath, the creamy sweet filling with a hint of smoky and salty essence from the sliver of bacon… wait, what.
Dominique Ansel tempts with macarons and other treats.
A Croque Monsieur sandwich with beet, butternut squash, gorgonzola and pine nut salad, tea and pistachio macaron is served at C' est la vie.
A Croque Monsieur sandwich with beet, butternut squash, gorgonzola and pine nut salad, tea and pistachio macaron is served at C'est la vie.
Dana's Bakery makes gluten-free macarons in fun, unexpected flavors like S'mores, Birthday Cake and Cup of Joe (pictured).