One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun Pasta in the shape of narrow tubes.
- ‘I helped him with dinner: hamburger patties, macaroni and cheese.’
- ‘There's artichoke asparagus ravioli, linguini bolognese, macaroni and cheese, and asparagus risotto.’
- ‘The current issue has recipes for monkey bread, macaroni and cheese and pulled pork, and several that use Jell-O.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You can also use soy-based mayonnaise and light vinaigrette dressings in potato and macaroni salads and coleslaw.’
- ‘If there's any food left over from supper, then I might fry that up - bits of macaroni or potato.’
- ‘How did meat loaf and macaroni and cheese and green beans get to be Southern?’
- ‘He stood in line and got some fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw macaroni, baked beans, and a roll.’
- ‘For two people, you need about 6oz of macaroni (or you can use any similar-sized pasta).’
- ‘This effectively ended all lunchtime reminiscences of macaroni and cheese.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This means that it must have been dry pasta, professionally made, indicating in turn that macaroni was well established as a food.’
- ‘Combine cheese sauce with cooked macaroni; stirring over medium heat.’
- ‘The pastas include lasagne, spaghetti, tagliatelle, macaroni, tortellini and capellini, so you're not going to get much more Italian than that!’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Mom had really gone all out: chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy, macaroni and cheese, salad, and bread.’
- ‘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.’
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, from late Greek makaria ‘food made from barley’.
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