Definitions

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  • n. A type of mantle made from fur, worn by Native Americans.

Etymologies

Anglicized version of an Algonquian word — compare Ojibwe majigoode ("dress") — with the spelling altered under the influence of the English words match and coat. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Each was wrapped to the throat in an Indian "matchcoat," with a gun in his hand and a pack at his back.

    Montcalm and Wolfe

  • Pennsylvania and territories thereof; viz. 20 guns, 20 fathoms matchcoat, 20 fathoms stroud-water, 20 blankets, 20 kettles, 20 lbs.

    Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 2 (of 3)

  • The yearly expense of the clothes which they would have received at home, and of which they will then be deprived, shall likewise be added to their credit; thus I flatter myself that they will more cheerfully wear the blanket, the matchcoat, and the Moccasins.

    Letters from an American Farmer

  • All Property, indeed, except the Savage’s temporary cabin, his bow, his matchcoat, and other little Acquisitions . . . seems to me to be the Creature of public Convention.

    Robert Morris

  • "All property, indeed, except the savage's temporary cabin, his bow, his matchcoat and other little Acquisitions absolutely necessary for his Subsistence, seems to me to be the creature of public Convention.

    Ron Paul Drops An Anti-Illegal Immigrant Mailing In South Carolina

  • All property, indeed, except the savage’s temporary cabin, his bow, his matchcoat and other little Acquisitions absolutely necessary for his Subsistence, seems to me to be the creature of public Convention.

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