mac

1
[ mak ]
/ mæk /

noun (often initial capital letter) Informal.

fellow; bud (a familiar term of address to a man or boy whose name is not known to the speaker).

Nearby words

  1. mabelle,
  2. mabinogion,
  3. mabinogion, the,
  4. mableton,
  5. mabuse,
  6. mac-,
  7. mac.,
  8. macabre,
  9. macaca,
  10. macaco

Origin of mac

1
First recorded in 1650–60; special use of Mac

mac

2

or mack

[ mak ]
/ mæk /

noun Informal.

a mackintosh.

Origin of mac

2
shortened form

Mac

[ mak ]
/ mæk /

noun

a male given name.

Mac-

a prefix found in many family names of Irish or Scottish Gaelic origin, as MacBride and Macdonald.
Also Mc- Mc-, M'-.

Origin of Mac-

< Irish, Scots Gaelic mac son, Old Irish macc; akin to Welsh, Cornish mab

Mac.

M.Ac.

Master of Accountancy.
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British Dictionary definitions for mac

mac

mack

/ (mæk) /

noun

British informal short for mackintosh (def. 1), mackintosh (def. 3)

Mac

1
/ (mæk) /

noun

mainly US and Canadian an informal term of address to a man

Word Origin for Mac

C20: abstracted from Mac-, prefix of Scottish surnames

MAC

abbreviation for

multiplexed analogue component: a transmission coding system for colour television using satellite broadcasting

Mac.

abbreviation for

Maccabees (books of the Apocrypha)

Mac-

Mc- or M'-

prefix

(in surnames of Scottish or Irish Gaelic origin) son ofMacDonald; MacNeice

Word Origin for Mac-

from Goidelic mac son of; compare Welsh mab, Cornish mab

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Word Origin and History for mac
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