Definition of "macaronic" [mac•a•ron•ic]

  • Of or containing a mixture of vernacular words with Latin words or with vernacular words given Latinate endings: macaronic verse. (adjective)
  • Of or involving a mixture of two or more languages. (adjective)

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Use "macaronic" in a sentence
  • "It was what is called a macaronic poempart English, part Latinand was an elegy on the death of somebody or other."
  • "Vittorio Vettori (d. 1763), and Folengo, the first of the so-called macaronic writers; the jurist Piacentino (twelfth century),"
  • "Parceque librum non a rendu "is the kind of macaronic French and Latin which schoolboys are accustomed to write under a sketch of the borrower expiating his offences on the gallows."