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1. Of or containing a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with vernacular words given Latinate endings: macaronic verse.
2. Of or involving a mixture of two or more languages.

[French macaronique, or Latin macaronicus, after Macaronea, , title of a poem by Tifi Odasi (c.1450-1492), 15th-century Italian author, that contained such verse and satirized those who used poor Latin and affectedly Latinized Italian, from Italian maccherone, macaroni (considered food for peasants); see macaroni.]

mac′a·ron′ic n.


(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (of verse) characterized by a mixture of vernacular words jumbled together with Latin words or Latinized words or with words from one or more other foreign languages
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (often plural) macaronic verse
[C17: from New Latin macarōnicus, literally: resembling macaroni (in lack of sophistication); see macaroni]
ˌmacaˈronically adv


(ˌmæk əˈrɒn ɪk)

1. characterized by Latin words mixed with non-Latin words often given Latin endings.
2. composed of a mixture of languages.
3. macaronics, macaronic language or writing.
[1605–15; < New Latin macarōnicus or obsolete Italian maccaronico; see macaroni, -ic]
mac`a•ron′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.macaronic - of or containing a mixture of Latin words and vernacular words jumbled togethermacaronic - of or containing a mixture of Latin words and vernacular words jumbled together; "macaronic verse"


[ˌmækəˈrɒnɪk] ADJmacarrónico


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