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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [mak-uh-ron-ik]
    • /ˌmæk əˈrɒn ɪk/
    • /ˌmæk.ə.ˈrɒ.nɪk/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [mak-uh-ron-ik]
    • /ˌmæk əˈrɒn ɪk/

Definitions of macaronic word

  • adjective macaronic composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words or non-Latin words given Latin endings. 1
  • adjective macaronic composed of a mixture of languages. 1
  • adjective macaronic mixed; jumbled. 1
  • noun macaronic macaronics, macaronic language. 1
  • noun macaronic a macaronic verse or other piece of writing. 1
  • noun macaronic Denoting language, especially burlesque verse, containing words or inflections from one language introduced into the context of another. 1

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Origin of macaronic

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
1605-15; < Medieval Latin macarōnicus < dialectal Italian maccarone macaroni + Latin -icus -ic; from the association of macaroni as peasant food with the vernacular language of peasants

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Parts of speech for Macaronic


macaronic popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 66% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 73% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

macaronic usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for macaronic

noun macaronic

  • bunk — A bunk is a bed that is fixed to a wall, especially in a ship or caravan.
  • baloney — If you say that an idea or statement is baloney, you disapprove of it and think it is foolish or wrong.
  • hooey — silly or worthless talk, writing, ideas, etc.; nonsense; bunk: That's a lot of hooey and you know it!
  • cant — a salient angle.
  • rigmarole — an elaborate or complicated procedure: to go through the rigmarole of a formal dinner.

Antonyms for macaronic

noun macaronic

  • sense — any of the faculties, as sight, hearing, smell, taste, or touch, by which humans and animals perceive stimuli originating from outside or inside the body: My sense of smell tells me that dinner is ready.
  • truth — the true or actual state of a matter: He tried to find out the truth.

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