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Almond and coconut macaroons
Coconut macaroon closeup

Etymology 1[edit]

From French macaron. Doublet of macaron.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌmæk.əɹˈuːn/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌmæk.əˈɹun/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -uːn


macaroon (plural macaroons)

  1. A soft biscuit or cookie prepared with almond or coconut dough.
    • 1838 (date written), L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XVI, in Lady Anne Granard; or, Keeping up Appearances. [], volume I, London: Henry Colburn, [], published 1842, →OCLC, page 208:
      I will take charge of the cake department, including, if I remember rightly, plum and plain, rout cakes, and macaroons, finger biscuits, and cracknels.
  2. Alternative spelling of macaron
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Italian macarone.


macaroon (plural macaroons)

  1. (archaic) A coarse, rude, low fellow.
    • 1590s, John Donne, Satire IV, "Well; I may now receive, and die":
      Like a big wife, at sight of lothed meat,
      Ready to travail; so I sigh and sweat,
      To hear this macaroon talk on in vain.

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