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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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Likewise, while the analysis of macaronics holds open the possibility for a "dual view" (274), it nonetheless locates its emphasis with the subversive Protestant fervor of John Bale and Reginald Scots denigration of "popery.
Building on this discussion of compressed translation are two final chapters: the first exploring a fascinating octolingual vellum broadside, which celebrates the defeat of the Spanish Armada; and the second featuring three examples of English-Latin macaronic verse--"an intense and strange kind of poetry" (255).
I generally do not comment on the translations in volumes in this series beyond noting that they are uniformly accurate and readable, but more must be said here: I simply cannot imagine trying to reproduce Folengo's macaronics in English.
The "tree" or evolutionary model of literary history, allows creolite literature to be placed in a continuum stretching back to the vernacularization of Latin literature; to Renaissance macaronics, and Rabelaisian billingsgate.
These macaronics work against their ostensible pluralism in ways which make it unsurprising that when, as late as 1983, Heaney protested in An Open Letter against his inclusion in the wrongly named Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry, he should cultivate a language of at-homeness, dwelling, and proper naming of the fatherland reminiscent (for all its Horatian elegance) of Luneberg heath:
His work soon found imitators in Italy and France, and some macaronics were even written in mock Greek.
macaronic New Latin macaronicus or Old Italian maccaronico in the style of a macaronic, a derivative of Italian dialect maccaronidumpling, macaroni
A modern English derivative of the macaronic pokes fun at the grammatical complexities of ancient languages, as in A.
Anyone who may have enjoyed dipping into the Choice Collection, which includes not only poems as influential as |Habbie Simpson' or |Christ's Kirk on the Green' but also an extraordinary assortment of love lyrics, mock-elegies, macaronics, satires, translations, and laments, can now benefit from the scholarly companion volume: A Choice Collection has at last become a serious text, and the new edition will undoubtedly form the basis of much future critical work.
If he merely meant those involving two languages (as in his excellent Tax:skat), I refer him to the small Macaronics section on p 90.