Meaning of macaroni in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmakəˈrəʊni/

Translate macaroni into Spanish

nounplural noun macaronies

  • 1mass noun Pasta in the shape of narrow tubes.

    ‘The pastas include lasagne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, macaroni, tortellini and capellini, so you're not going to get much more Italian than that!’
    • ‘A French table is likely to have on it a cauldron of vegetable soup, complete with carrots and chard and tiny pasta shapes such as macaroni.’
    • ‘Drain the pasta or macaroni, then return it to the saucepan.’
    • ‘Good macaroni cheese needs pasta with big holes, such as traditional long macaroni or, failing that, rigatoni, that the creamy luscious sauce can seep into.’
    • ‘He stood in line and got some fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw macaroni, baked beans, and a roll.’
    • ‘How did meat loaf and macaroni and cheese and green beans get to be Southern?’
    • ‘For two people, you need about 6oz of macaroni (or you can use any similar-sized pasta).’
    • ‘This means that it must have been dry pasta, professionally made, indicating in turn that macaroni was well established as a food.’
    • ‘You can also use soy-based mayonnaise and light vinaigrette dressings in potato and macaroni salads and coleslaw.’
    • ‘There's artichoke asparagus ravioli, linguini bolognese, macaroni and cheese, and asparagus risotto.’
    • ‘I helped him with dinner: hamburger patties, macaroni and cheese.’
    • ‘I still carry around a hankering for bread and dripping, steamed pudding, and sweet macaroni, but I know they will do me no good, so I avoid them.’
    • ‘Sometimes for days or weeks in a row they serve the same food, like macaroni, corn dogs, small burgers, and cheese pizza.’
    • ‘Mom had really gone all out: chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, salad, and bread.’
    • ‘They are eating either macaroni and cheese or hamburgers and French fries, but they eat a lot of junk food and do not get adequate amounts of phosphorus.’
    • ‘Starch-based entrées such as macaroni and cheese and burritos are often the worst offenders, since by their nature they contain no vegetables at all.’
    • ‘Combine cheese sauce with cooked macaroni; stirring over medium heat.’
    • ‘The current issue has recipes for monkey bread, macaroni and cheese and pulled pork, and several that use Jell-O.’
    • ‘This effectively ended all lunchtime reminiscences of macaroni and cheese.’
    • ‘If there's any food left over from supper, then I might fry that up - bits of macaroni or potato.’
  • 2An 18th-century British dandy who imitated continental fashions.

    • ‘I think this is manifested in some ways in the idea of the macaroni and, later, the dandy.’


Late 17th century from Italian maccaroni (now usually spelled maccheroni), plural of maccarone, perhaps from late Greek makaria ‘food made from barley’.