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Etymology 1[edit]

1933, from macro-, from French, from Latin, from Ancient Greek μακρός (makrós, long).


macro (not comparable)

  1. Very large in scope or scale.
    • 1999, Katharine Gates, Deviant Desires: Incredibly Strange Sex (page 115)
      Crumb's sexual fixation on gigantic women's legs became a major feature of his most celebrated images. Despite the common themes among macrophiles, Ed Lundt believes that no two macro fantasies are quite alike []
  2. (cooking, colloquial) Clipping of macrobiotic.
    • 2015, Elizabeth Stein, Eating Purely:
      While there are many aspects to this way of living, the actual “diet” focuses on whole foods, consumed in traditional methods. A typical macro bowl includes grains, beans, steamed veggies, sea vegetables, and fermented foods.


macro (countable and uncountable, plural macros)

  1. (colloquial, nutrition, countable, chiefly in the plural) Clipping of macronutrient.
    • 2018, Spencer Langley, Flex Life: How to Transform Your Body Forever, Flex Life Inc. (→ISBN), page 81:
      Don't be afraid to include some “unhealthy” foods in your diet. The overarching rule about foods is if it fits your macros (IIFYM), then you can eat it. That means you can eat chocolate, ice cream, and many other indulgences []
  2. (colloquial, economics, uncountable) Clipping of macroeconomics.

Etymology 2[edit]

1959, shortened form of macroinstruction.


macro (plural macros)

  1. (programming) A comparatively human-friendly abbreviation of complex input to a computer program.
    The preprocessor expands any embedded macros into source code before it is compiled.
    • 1998, "Dr. Cat", Furry web site plug (on newsgroup
      There's also a spam filter in the code now, so if someone attempts to flood people's screens with macros or a bot, everything after the first few lines is thrown away.
Usage notes[edit]
  • Often used attributively; a macro language is the syntax for defining new macros; while macro expansion refers to the task of replacing the human-friendly version with a machine-readable version; a macro virus is a computer virus written in a macro language. Individual macros are sometimes referred to as macro functions, particularly when they accept parameters.
  • The distinction between a macro language and a programming language is imprecise. Often a macro language is designed to allow one to customize one particular program, whereas a programming language is designed for writing entirely new programs.
  • Whereas a shortcut is particularly easy to use, widely supported, and designed for normal users, macro systems are normally designed for power users.
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Etymology 3[edit]

1971, elliptical form of macro lens, from macro- + lens. Compare macrophotography.


macro (plural macros)

  1. (photography) macro lens




macro f (invariable)

  1. (computing) macro, macroinstruction
  2. (photography) macrophotography
  3. (economics) macroeconomy






  1. dative masculine singular of macer
  2. dative neuter singular of macer
  3. ablative masculine singular of macer
  4. ablative neuter singular of macer


  • macro in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers



macro m (plural macros)

  1. Alternative form of mácron


macro f or m (in variation) (plural macros)

  1. (computing) macro (abbreviation of complicated input)



macro m (plural macros)

  1. (computing) macro