a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.

Nearby words

  1. mackerel shark,
  2. mackerel sky,
  3. mackerras,
  4. mackinac,
  5. mackinac bridge,
  6. mackinaw blanket,
  7. mackinaw boat,
  8. mackinaw coat,
  9. mackinaw trout,
  10. mackinder

Origin of mackinaw

First recorded in 1755–65; spelling variant of Mackinac

Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat.

Related formsmack·i·nawed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper