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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. jumbled, mixed
  • adj. Written in a hodgepodge mixture of two or more languages.
  • n. A work of macaronic character.
  • n. A word consisting of a mix of words of two or more languages, one of which is Latin, or a non-Latin stem with a Latin ending.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A heap of things confusedly mixed together; a jumble.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the food macaroni.
  • Pertaining to or like a macaroni or fop; hence, trifling; vain; affected.
  • 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.
  • n. A confused heap or mixture of several things.
  • n. Macaronic verse.

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

  • adj. of or containing a mixture of Latin words and vernacular words jumbled together


New Latin macaronicus, from Italian maccheronea, macaronic verse, after Maccharonea, title of a work containing such verse by Tifi Odasi, 15th-century Italian author, from maccherone, maccaroni, course food.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, 1517 coinage, macaronicus, from Italian (Neapolitan dialect) maccarone ("coarse dumpling"). (Wiktionary)



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