Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short, double-breasted coat of heavy, usually plaid, woolen material.
  • n. The cloth from which such a coat is made, usually of wool, often with a heavy nap.
  • n. A flatbottom boat with a pointed bow and square stern, once used on the upper Great Lakes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heavy, woolen cloth.
  • n. A blanket made of wool formerly distributed to the Amerindians by the U.S. government.
  • n. A cargo boat, with a large flat bottom and sharp ends, formerly used on the Great Lakes and the Missouri River (to a lesser extent, elsewhere).
  • n. A schooner-rigged boat once used on the Great Lakes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A flat-bottomed boat with a pointed prow and square stern, using oars or sails or both, used esp. on the upper Great Lakes and their tributaries.
  • A short, heavy, double-breasted plaid coat, the design of which is large and striking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short plaid coat made of made of thick woolen material
  • n. a flat-bottomed boat used on upper Great Lakes
  • n. a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States
  • n. a heavy woolen cloth heavily napped and felted, often with a plaid design

Etymologies

After Old Mackinac, a fort on the site of present-day and Mackinaw City in northern Michigan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Representing an earlier colloquial pronunciation of Mackinac, a strait between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan, an island in the strait, and an important trading-post on the island; ultimately from Ojibwe mishinii-makinaang ("at the place of many snapping turtles"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • [Page 55] * A mackinaw is a short, rough coat of material much like a grey horse blanket.

    The Shagganappi

  • Lake trout, also called mackinaw, are, beyond any reasonable doubt, the primary culprits in the decline of the Blue Mesa salmon fishery.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • Naethe's 150 lake trout, also known as mackinaw, gave him a total of 434 as the seven weekend-long tournament passed the halfway point.

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  • It provides lake trout, also known as mackinaw, and whitefish to as many as nine organizations, including the Kalispell Indian tribe, groups in Spokane, Wash., and the Sandpoint food bank, Fish and Game officials said.

    WTOP / Business / Biz Stories

  • [* A mackinaw is a short, rough coat of material much like a grey horse blanket.

    The Shagganappi

  • Bettles turned up the collar of his mackinaw jacket and stared about him helplessly.

    The Men of Forty Mile

  • He shoved a hand into the big pocket of his mackinaw jacket and pulled out a dingy leather-bound volume of venerable appearance.

    CHAPTER 28

  • Cant wait might get a Filson mackinaw hunting coat those things are so warm and American made. whats your opinion on it and filson

    Cant wait might get a Filson mackinaw hunting coat those things are so warm and American made.

  • Cant wait might get a Filson mackinaw hunting coat those things are so warm and American made. whats your opinion on it and fils | Field & Stream

    Cant wait might get a Filson mackinaw hunting coat those things are so warm and American made.

  • Clasped outside his mackinaw jacket, a beaded belt held two large Colt's revolvers and a hunting-knife, while he carried, in addition to the inevitable dog whip, a smokeless rifle of the largest bore and latest pattern.

    To The Man on the Trail

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  • ...an old man, with impish features and an alert blue eye, wearing a mackinaw and a velour hat...

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008

  • A flatbottom boat with a pointed bow and square stern, once used on the upper Great Lakes (After Old Mackinac, a fort on the site of present-day Mackinaw City in northern Michigan).

    October 26, 2007