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mackintosh

Syllabification: mack·in·tosh
Pronunciation: /ˈmakənˌtäSH
 
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(also macintosh)

Definition of mackintosh in English:

noun

chiefly British
1A full-length waterproof coat.
Example sentences
  • The cold, damp winters require heavy coats, mackintoshes (rain-coats), and warm woolen clothes.
  • Riders competing in the jumping classes braved the rain, put on their macintoshes and carried on.
  • His face broke into a grin when he saw Ruth coated with a similar mackintosh.
1.1 [usually as modifier] Cloth waterproofed with rubber.
Example sentences
  • During my usual mid-morning stroll along Bond Street, London, I noticed I was being followed by a short man wearing what appeared to be the lining of a dogs basket cut into the shape of a macintosh jacket.
  • The macintosh jacket is updated with delicate details such as a belted collar and flower-print lining.
  • I ordered the macintosh jacket I've been wanting for a while now.

Origin

mid 19th century: named after Charles Macintosh (1766–1843), the Scottish inventor who originally patented the cloth.

More
  • This word for a waterproof garment was named after Charles Macintosh ( 1766–1843), the Scottish inventor who patented the waterproof cloth of the original mackintosh, made of two layers of cloth bonded together by India rubber dissolved in naphtha. The abbreviation mac is found from the early 20th century. The Apple Macintosh computer has nothing to do with waterproofs, but was named after a popular North American apple, the McIntosh, with a slight change of spelling for legal reasons.

Words that rhyme with mackintosh

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