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macaroni Tweet Definition of macaroni Like Definition of macaroni on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) A type of pasta in the form of short tubes.
  2. (used by Italian-Americans, especially in Philadelphia and New Jersey) A generic term for pasta.
macaroon Tweet Definition of macaroon Like Definition of macaroon on Facebook
noun
  1. A soft biscuit or cookie prepared with almond or coconut dough.
Mace Tweet Definition of Mace Like Definition of Mace on Facebook
proper noun ®
  1. A brand of tear gas.
Madeleine Tweet Definition of Madeleine Like Definition of Madeleine on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female), the form of Magdalene.
malt Tweet Definition of malt Like Definition of malt on Facebook
noun
  1. Sprouted grain used in brewing.
  2. Malt liquor, especially malt whisky.
manicotti Tweet Definition of manicotti Like Definition of manicotti on Facebook
noun (plural)
  1. wide tubes of pasta filled with a savoury stuffing and baked in the oven
maple syrup Tweet Definition of maple syrup Like Definition of maple syrup on Facebook
noun
  1. Syrup made from the sap of the sugar maple, Acer saccharum
  2. Syrup flavored with artificial maple flavoring; though legally in the United States cannot be labelled as such when for sale.
margarine Tweet Definition of margarine Like Definition of margarine on Facebook
noun
  1. a spread, manufactured from a blend of vegetable oils (some of which are hydrogenated), emulsifiers etc, mostly used as a substitute for butter
marinade Tweet Definition of marinade Like Definition of marinade on Facebook
noun
  1. A seasoned, often acidic liquid mixture in which food is marinated, or soaked, usually to flavor and prepare it for cooking.
    I like to use a lemon with chicken.
marinara Tweet Definition of marinara Like Definition of marinara on Facebook
noun
  1. A marinara sauce.
adjective
  1. Prepared with tomatoes, or in a tomato sauce.
  2. (Australia) Of pasta: In a seafood sauce. Of pizza: With seafood topping.
marinate Tweet Definition of marinate Like Definition of marinate on Facebook
verb (marinates, marinating, marinated)
  1. To allow a sauce or flavoring mixture to absorb into something; to soak something in a marinade to flavor or prepare it for cooking.
You'll get a better flavour from the chicken if you marinate it first.
marmalade Tweet Definition of marmalade Like Definition of marmalade on Facebook
noun
  1. Jam made with citrus fruit, usually oranges; usually qualified by the name of the fruit when made with other types of fruit.
    lime marmalade
Marmite Tweet Definition of Marmite Like Definition of Marmite on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A sticky, dark brown, strongly flavoured spread based on a yeast extract (a by-product of beer brewing), eaten by the British on toast, in sandwiches, etc.
marry Tweet Definition of marry Like Definition of marry on Facebook
verb (marr, i, ed)
  1. (intransitive) To enter into the conjugal or connubial state; to take a husband or a wife.
Neither of her daughters showed any desire to .
  1. (intransitive) To be joined together as spouses according to law or custom.
Jones and Smith will in June.
  1. (transitive) To unite in wedlock or matrimony; to perform the ceremony of joining spouses, ostensibly for life; to constitute a marital union according to the laws or customs of the place.
A justice of the peace will Jones and Smith.
  1. (transitive) To dispose of in wedlock; to give away as wife or husband.
The king is keen to his daughters to influential princes.
  1. (transitive) To take for husband or wife.
In some cultures, it is acceptable for an uncle to his niece.
  1. (transitive) Figuratively, to unite in the closest and most endearing relation.
The attempt to medieval plainsong with speed metal produced interesting results.
marshmallow Tweet Definition of marshmallow Like Definition of marshmallow on Facebook
noun
  1. A species of mallow, Althaea officinalis, that grows in marshy terrain.
  2. A type of confectionery consisting of sugar or corn syrup, beaten egg whites, gelatin that has been pre-softened in water, gum arabic and flavorings, whipped to a spongy consistency.
  • The Disagreeable Girl is a female of the genus homo persuasion, built around a digestive apparatus that possesses marked proclivities. " Love, Life and Work
  • It was an apple sundae, I recollect. I dug my spoon into it with an assumption of gaiety which I was far from feeling. " PH Wodehouse, A Wodehouse Miscellany
  • marzipan Tweet Definition of marzipan Like Definition of marzipan on Facebook
    noun
    1. a confection of almond paste, sugar and egg white
    Mason jar Tweet Definition of Mason jar Like Definition of Mason jar on Facebook
    noun
    1. A Mason-brand glass jar with a screw top, often used for preserving food.
    mate Tweet Definition of mate Like Definition of mate on Facebook
    noun
    1. A sexual partner, especially of a breeding animal.
    2. The other member of a matched pair of objects.
    I found one of the socks I wanted to wear, but I couldn't find its .
    1. A ship's officer, subordinate to the captain.
    2. A technical assistant (gasfitter's mate).
    3. checkmate, Checkmate.
    4. (context, colloquial, UK, Australian) A friend; a friendly term of address to a stranger.
    5. A drink prepared of yerba mate (Ilex paraguariensis).
    verb (mates, mating, mated) Intransitive:
    1. To fit together without space between. (The pieces of the puzzle mate perfectly.)
    2. To copulate.
    3. To pair in order to raise offspring
    Transitive:
    1. To arrange in matched pairs.
    2. To introduce (animals) together for the purpose of breeding.
    3. To fit (objects) together without space between.
    4. To win a game of chess by putting the opponent in checkmate
    mayonnaise Tweet Definition of mayonnaise Like Definition of mayonnaise on Facebook
    noun
    1. A dressing made from raw egg yolks, oil and seasoning used on salads and in sandwiches.
    mazarine Tweet Definition of mazarine Like Definition of mazarine on Facebook
    noun
    1. (colour) a dark blue colour.
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    adjective
    1. (colour) of a dark blue colour.
    mealy Tweet Definition of mealy Like Definition of mealy on Facebook
    adjective (rfc-level, Adjective at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
    1. Describing a substance, especially a dry foodstuff such as grain, that resembles meal. "Below the hole the mice made in the woodwork was a pile of sawdust."
    medallion Tweet Definition of medallion Like Definition of medallion on Facebook
    noun
    1. A large medal, usually decorative. Also a cut of meat resembling a metal medallion.
    melt Tweet Definition of melt Like Definition of melt on Facebook
    noun
    1. molten material, the product of melting.
    2. The transition of matter from a solid state to a liquid state
    3. The springtime snow runoff in mountain regions.
    verb (melts, melting, melted or rarely molt, melted or molten)
    1. (transitive) To transit (or to change) the matter from a solid state to a liquid state, usually by a gradual heat.
    I melted butter to make a cake.
    1. (intransitive) To change gradually(or to become transitted) from a solid state to a liquid state.
    The snowman will disappear, he will .
    1. (Colloquial)To dissolve.
    2. (Colloquial)To be very hot and sweating profusely.
    Help me! I'm melting!
    meringue Tweet Definition of meringue Like Definition of meringue on Facebook
    noun
    1. A mixture consisting of beaten eggwhites and sugar which is added to the tops of pies then browned.
    The key to a good Baked Alaska is the topping.
    1. A shell of beaten egg whites with sugar which serves as the receptacle for fruit, icecream or sherbert.
    Shirley particularly likes to have strawberry with her .
    Mickey Tweet Definition of Mickey Like Definition of Mickey on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A male given name, diminutive of Michael, Mike or Mick
    2. A female given name, diminutive of Michaela
    3. (slang) A Mickey Finn; a beverage, usually alcoholic, that has been drugged.
    Micky Tweet Definition of Micky Like Definition of Micky on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. A male given name, diminutive of Michael, Mike or Mick
    2. A female given name, diminutive of Michaela
    microwave Tweet Definition of microwave Like Definition of microwave on Facebook
    noun
    1. An electromagnetic wave with wavelength between that of infrared light and radio waves.
    2. A microwave oven.
    verb (microwaves, microwaving, microwaved)
    1. To cook (something) in a microwave oven.
    mincemeat Tweet Definition of mincemeat Like Definition of mincemeat on Facebook
    noun
    1. A mixture of fruit, spices and sugar used as a filling for mince pies.
    2. (rare) Minced meat.
    minestrone Tweet Definition of minestrone Like Definition of minestrone on Facebook
    noun
    1. any of many thick Italian vegetable soups
    mint Tweet Definition of mint Like Definition of mint on Facebook
    noun
    1. A building or institution where money (originally, only coins) is produced under government licence.
    2. (context, informal) A large amount of money.
    That house is worth a mint
    It must have cost a mint to produce!
    verb
    1. (transitive) To reproduce (coins), usually en masse, under licence.
    adjective
    1. Of condition, as new.
    in mint condition.
    1. (context, numismatics) In near-perfect condition; uncirculated.
    2. (context, philately) unused, Unused with original gum; as issued originally.
    3. (slang) Very good.
    that's mint
    miso Tweet Definition of miso Like Definition of miso on Facebook
    noun
    1. a thick paste made by fermentation of soybeans; used in making soups and sauces
    mocha Tweet Definition of mocha Like Definition of mocha on Facebook
    noun
    1. a strong Arabian coffee
    2. a coffee and chocolate mixed flavour
    3. (colour) a dark brown colour, like that of mocha coffee.
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    adjective
    1. (colour) of a dark brown colour, like that of mocha coffee.
    molasses Tweet Definition of molasses Like Definition of molasses on Facebook
    noun
    1. A thick brownish syrup produced in the refining of raw sugar.
    Monterey Tweet Definition of Monterey Like Definition of Monterey on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. Various towns and cities, see
    Monterey Jack Tweet Definition of Monterey Jack Like Definition of Monterey Jack on Facebook
    noun
    1. A white, mild, American cheese similar to cheddar.
    mortadella Tweet Definition of mortadella Like Definition of mortadella on Facebook
    noun
    1. a smooth-textured Italian pork-sausage with lumps of fat, flavoured with spices; eaten cold
    moussaka Tweet Definition of moussaka Like Definition of moussaka on Facebook
    noun
    1. a dish consisting of layers of minced lamb or beef, sliced aubergine (eggplant) or potatoes, tomatoes and béchamel sauce, baked in the oven
    mozzarella Tweet Definition of mozzarella Like Definition of mozzarella on Facebook
    noun
    1. Soft Italian cheese made from cow's or buffalo's milk and commonly used as a pizza topping and in salads etc
    muffin Tweet Definition of muffin Like Definition of muffin on Facebook
    noun
    1. (context, UK) a type of flattish bun, usually cut in two horizontally, toasted and spread with butter, etc, before being eaten
    2. (context, especially US) A type of rich individual cake containing chocolate chips, blueberry, blueberries or some other flavouring.
    3. (context, computing) a mechanism used in the w:Java Network Launching Protocol, Java Network Launching Protocol analogous to the cookie mechanism and which permits a program running in a browser to perform operations on a client machine
    4. (context, slang) a term of endearment
    5. (context, sexual slang) a vulva
    6. (context, baseball, slang) a less talented player
    7. (context, slang) a charming, attractive young man
    mull Tweet Definition of mull Like Definition of mull on Facebook
    noun
    1. A thin, soft muslin.
    2. (uncountable) marijuana, Marijuana that has been prepared for smoking by way of chopping it.
    verb
    1. To work (over) mentally; to cogitate; to ruminate; usually with over;
    to over a thought or a problem
    1. To chop marijuana so that it becomes a smokable form.
    2. To heat and spice something, such as wine.
    1. (rfv-sense)To join two (or more) individual window(s) at mullion(s)
    mulligan Tweet Definition of mulligan Like Definition of mulligan on Facebook
    noun
    1. (golf)an unpenalized chance to re-take a stroke that went awry
    If you lose your drive in the water, take a mulligan and try again.
    1. A second chance
    Don't do poorly in your first interview; you won't get a mulligan.
    1. (informal) A unit of measure equal to 62.5 milliliters, or 2.5 shots, of alcohol. So named because it is the cost of being allowed a do-over in drinking games.
    Tom couldn't handle the shot of tequila, so he had to do a mulligan of port.
    mulligatawny Tweet Definition of mulligatawny Like Definition of mulligatawny on Facebook
    noun
    1. An Indian soup having a meat base and curry seasoning.
    Munster Tweet Definition of Munster Like Definition of Munster on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. The southernmost province of Ireland
    Murphy Tweet Definition of Murphy Like Definition of Murphy on Facebook
    proper noun
    1. An Irish surname, the Anglicized form of Gaelic í“ Murchadha
    2. An occasional given name, for example of the television character w:Murphy Brown, Murphy Brown
    mutton Tweet Definition of mutton Like Definition of mutton on Facebook
    noun
    1. The flesh of sheep used as food.
    adjective
    1. (Cockney rhyming slang) deaf.

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