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Macaronic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MACARON'IC, a. Pertaining to or like a macaroni; empty; trifling; vain; affected.
1. Consisting of a mixture or jumble of ill formed or ill connected words.
MACARON'IC, n. A kind of burlesque poetry, in which native words are made to end in Latin terminations, or Latin words are modernized.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: of or containing a mixture of Latin words and vernacular words jumbled together; "macaronic verse"

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: New Latin macaronicus, from Italian dialect maccarone macaroni Date: 1638 1. characterized by a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with non-Latin words having Latin endings 2. characterized by a mixture of two languages macaronic noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. (in pl.) burlesque verses containing Latin (or other foreign) words and vernacular words with Latin etc. terminations. --adj. (of verse) of this kind. Etymology: mod.L macaronicus f. obs. It. macaronico, joc. formed as MACARONI

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Macaronic Mac`a*ron"ic, n. 1. A heap of thing confusedly mixed together; a jumble. 2. 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Macaronian Mac`a*ro"ni*an, Macaronic Mac`a*ron"ic, a. [Cf. It. maccheronico, F. macaronique.] 1. Pertaining to, or like, macaroni (originally a dish of mixed food); hence, mixed; confused; jumbled. 2. Of or pertaining to the burlesque composition called macaronic; as, macaronic poetry.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Empty, trifling, vain, affected.

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