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[mak-uh-naw] /ˈmæk əˌnɔ/
a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.
Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat.
Origin of mackinaw
First recorded in 1755-65; spelling variant of Mackinac
Related forms
mackinawed, adjective Unabridged
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  • He reached in the pocket of his mackinaw coat and took out a handful of sugar.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • She pulled aside his mackinaw coat and laid her head upon his breast.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • He searched through the pockets of the mackinaw coat, but found nothing that would act as a means to identification.

    Colorado Jim

    George Goodchild
  • Don placed a sandwich in each deep pocket of his mackinaw coat, and pushed an apple on top of each.

  • His trousers were thrust into his boots; the collar of the mackinaw coat he wore at his work was turned up about his throat.

    Otherwise Phyllis Meredith Nicholson
  • Hollister felt the chill of it through his mackinaw coat and was moved to thought of his companion's comfort.

    The Hidden Places Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • Propped up in bed, my mackinaw coat over my 'robe de nuit' for warmth, I sit and dream.

    Bab: A Sub-Deb Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He had opened his mackinaw coat while running, and now he dropped it to the floor behind him.

British Dictionary definitions for mackinaw coat

Mackinaw coat

(mainly US & Canadian) a thick short double-breasted plaid coat Also called mackinaw
Word Origin
C19: named after Mackinaw, variant of Mackinac
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Word Origin and History for mackinaw coat


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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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