- composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words or non-Latin words given Latin endings.
- composed of a mixture of languages.
- mixed; jumbled.
- macaronics, macaronic language.
- a macaronic verse or other piece of writing.
- (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
- (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].