macaronis; macaronies

Macaroni is a short, skinny, tube-shaped pasta. Many kids — and adults — would name "macaroni and cheese" as one of their favorite foods.

At some Italian restaurants, you can order macaroni as a side dish, and it's easy to cook at home with tomato sauce or butter and cheese. Macaroni and cheese can be cooked on the stove or baked in the oven with a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Macaroni began to have the second meaning of "fop" or "dandy" around 1780, named for the well-traveled youths who ate what was considered fancy and exotic at the time — macaroni.

Definitions of macaroni
  1. noun
    pasta in the form of slender tubes
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    type of:
    alimentary paste, pasta
    shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg
  2. noun
    a British dandy in the 18th century who affected Continental mannerisms
    “Yankee Doodle stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni
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    type of:
    beau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, swell
    a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
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