- a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.
Origin of mackinaw
Examples from the Web for mackinaw
In silence he arose and slipped on his mackinaw blanket coat.Blazed Trail Stories
Stewart Edward White
He was dressed in mackinaw, and wore a fur cap with drooping ear-flaps.The Trail of '98</p>
Robert W. Service
It is known that the Mission of Mackinaw fell on the downfall of the Jesuits.
Mackinaw has more than the advantages of Cincinnati for manufactures.
At the Straits of Mackinaw the whole system of land and water centres.
Word Origin and History for mackinaw
type of boat used on the Great Lakes, 1812, from Mackinac, name of a port and island in Michigan, from Ojibway (Algonquian) mitchimakinak "many turtles," from mishiin- "be many" + mikinaak "snapping turtle." As a type of heavy blanket given to the Indians by the U.S. government, it is attested from 1822.