[ mak-uh-naw ]
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  1. a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.

Origin of mackinaw

First recorded in 1755–65; spelling variant of Mackinac
  • Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat .

Other words from mackinaw

  • mack·i·nawed, adjective

Words Nearby mackinaw Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use mackinaw in a sentence

  • They slipped on mackinaw coats and disappeared into the white swirling night.

    The Highgrader | William MacLeod Raine
  • They carried in the cockpit their mackinaw jackets and their winter caps.

    On the Edge of the Arctic | Harry Lincoln Sayler
  • The savages had not noticed a great number of mackinaw boats drawn up on the river bank and concealed by low bushes.

    The Way of an Indian | Frederic Remington
  • During the war of the Revolution, Detroit and mackinaw, far from the field of action, nevertheless had their share in it.

    Ocean to Ocean on Horseback | Willard Glazier
  • Don placed a sandwich in each deep pocket of his mackinaw coat, and pushed an apple on top of each.