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mackinaw

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

First recorded in 1755–65; spelling variant of Mackinac
Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat.
Related formsmack·i·nawed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mackinaw coat

Mackinaw coat

noun
  1. mainly US and Canadian a thick short double-breasted plaid coatAlso called: mackinaw
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Word Origin

C19: named after Mackinaw, variant of Mackinac
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Word Origin and History for mackinaw coat

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.

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