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macaroni

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From Italian maccaroni, obsolete variant of maccheroni (macaroni), plural of maccherone, of uncertain origin.

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macaroni (plural macaronis)

  1. (uncountable) A type of pasta in the form of short tubes; sometimes loosely, pasta in general. [from 17th c.]
  2. (pejorative, now historical) A fop, a dandy; especially a young man in the 18th century who had travelled in Europe and who dressed and often spoke in an ostentatiously affected Continental manner. [from 17th c.]
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XI:
      Delicate lace ruffles fell over the lean yellow hands that were so overladen with rings. He had been a macaroni of the eighteenth century, and the friend, in his youth, of Lord Ferrars.
    • 1997, Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon:
      A small, noisy party of Fops, Macaronis, or Lunarians,—it is difficult quite to distinguish which,—has been working its way up the street.

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macaroni n (uncountable)

  1. macaroni

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EtymologyEdit

From Italian maccaroni, obsolete variant of maccheroni (macaroni), plural of maccherone, of uncertain origin.

NounEdit

macaroni m (plural macaronis)

  1. (usually in the plural) macaroni
  2. (ethnic slur) wop; a person of Italian descent.

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