Definition of mackinaw in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmakɪnɔː/
(also mackinaw coat or jacket)


North American
A short coat or jacket made of a thick woollen cloth, typically with a plaid design.
Example sentences
  • I do not remember too much about Earl except that he must not have been too bright because he was wearing a black-and-white mackinaw - a heavy coat - in the summer.
  • The girl described the driver of the van as a Caucasian man wearing a black and green work jacket, possibly a mackinaw.
  • From the Indian languages come chipmunk, mackinaw (a bush jacket), moose, muskeg (boggy, mossy land), muskrat.


Early 19th century: named after Mackinaw City, Michigan, formerly an important trading post.

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