[Ital. maccheroni, from maccare, to bruise or crush.] A kind of food made from the paste or dough of fine wheat flour, formed in small tubes or pipes. It forms a favorite article of food among Italians. In the neighborhood of Naples whole villages are engaged in its manufacture. It is also made at Marseilles and other places in the south of France, and large quantities are exported to all parts of the world. Macaroni is used in various ways - boiled, served with grated cheese, for thickening soups and for making puddings.