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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Pasta in any of various hollow shapes, especially short curved tubes.
  • n. A well-traveled young Englishman of the 18th and 19th centuries who affected foreign customs and manners.
  • n. A fop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. A medley; something droll or extravagant.
  • n. A sort of droll or fool.
  • n. A finical person; a fop; -- applied especially to English fops of about 1775, who affected the mannerisms and clothing of continental Europe.
  • n. The designation of a body of Maryland soldiers in the Revolutionary War, distinguished by a rich uniform.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. A medley; something extravagant or calculated to please an idle fancy.
  • n. A London exquisite of the eighteenth century; a fop; a dandy; a member of the Macaroni Club. See II., 1.
  • n.
  • n. A crested penguin or rock-hopper: a sailors' name. See penguin, and cut under Eudyptes.
  • 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.
  • Of or pertaining to macaronis or fops; exquisite.
  • n. A vulgar name in Jamaica for a Mexican quarter-dollar, or, afterward, for an English shilling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
  • n. pasta in the form of slender tubes

Etymologies

Italian dialectal maccaroni, pl. of maccarone, dumpling, macaroni.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian maccaroni, obsolete variant of maccheroniĀ ("macaroni"), plural of maccherone, of uncertain origin. (Wiktionary)

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  • "1. A vulgar name in Jamaica for a Mexican quarter-dollar, or, afterward, for an English shilling."
    --CD&C

    October 31, 2011