a short double-breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid.
Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat.

1755–65; spelling variant of Mackinac

mackinawed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

"type of boat used on the Great Lakes," 1812, from Mackinac, 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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
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.
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