Mc-

1

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.

Origin of Mc-

1
<Mc(Donald's), chain of fast-food restaurants

Definition for mc- (2 of 3)

Mc-

2

variant of Mac-.

Also Mc-.

Definition for mc- (3 of 3)

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
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British Dictionary definitions for mc- (1 of 2)

Mc-

prefix

a variant of Mac-

usage

For names beginning with this prefix, see under Mac-

British Dictionary definitions for mc- (2 of 2)

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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