a combining form, used especially to form nonce words, with the meaning “generic; homogenized”: McSchools that offer no individual attention; reading McNews instead of a serious newspaper.
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Origin of Mc-1
<Mc(Donald's), chain of fast-food restaurants
Definition for mc- (2 of 3)
variant of Mac-.
Definition for mc- (3 of 3)
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
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British Dictionary definitions for mc- (1 of 2)
a variant of Mac-
For names beginning with this prefix, see under Mac-
British Dictionary definitions for mc- (2 of 2)
Mc- or M'-
(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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