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mackinaw

[mak-uh-naw] /ˈmæk əˌnɔ/
noun
1.
a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.
Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; spelling variant of Mackinac
Related forms
mackinawed, adjective
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  • He hunched under an old mackinaw and leaned his head against the metal of the window frame and soon was asleep.
  • He wears corduroy breeches, a mackinaw, and a woodsman's boots and cap.
Word Origin and History for mackinaw

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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