macaronic


adjective

  1. composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words or non-Latin words given Latin endings.
  2. composed of a mixture of languages.
  3. mixed; jumbled.

noun

  1. macaronics, macaronic language.
  2. a macaronic verse or other piece of writing.

adjective

  1. (of verse) characterized by a mixture of vernacular words jumbled together with Latin words or Latinized words or with words from one or more other foreign languages

noun

  1. (often plural) macaronic verse

adj.1610s, in reference to a form of verse consisting of vernacular words in a Latin context with Latin endings; applied loosely to verse in which two or more languages are jumbled together; from Modern Latin macaronicus (coined 1517 by Teofilo Folengo), from dialectal Italian maccarone (see macaroni), in reference to the mixture of words in the verse: “quoddam pulmentum farina, caseo, botiro compaginatum, grossum, rude, et rusticanum” [Folengo].

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