Definition of macaroni penguin in English:

macaroni penguin


  • A penguin with an orange crest, breeding on islands in the Antarctic.

    • ‘This is true for minke whale, Antarctic fur seal, Adelie, chinstrap, gentoo and macaroni penguins, black-browed albatross, and white-chinned and cape petrels.’
    • ‘Only macaroni penguins (including a subspecies, royal penguins) appear to be in reasonable health.’
    • ‘Commercial fishing also impacts macaroni penguins in Antarctica.’


Early 19th century: so named because the orange crest was thought to resemble the hairstyle of dandies known as macaronies (see macaroni).