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[mak-uh-naw] /ˈmæk əˌnɔ/
a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.
Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat.
Origin of mackinaw
1755-65; spelling variant of Mackinac
Related forms
mackinawed, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mackinaw coat

Mackinaw coat

(mainly US & Canadian) a thick short double-breasted plaid coat Also called mackinaw
Word Origin
C19: named after Mackinaw, variant of Mackinac
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Word Origin and History for mackinaw coat


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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