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

  • n. Variant of mackintosh.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A raincoat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as mackintosh.
  • n. A brand of personal computer featuring an integrated system in which the hardware and system-operating software were designed by or under the control of a single company, the Apple Computer Corporation; among personal computers, distinguished from the IBM-compatible or Intel-based series of computers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See mackintosh.

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

  • n. a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric
  • n. a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric


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  • "In Glasgow in the 1820s, Charles Macintosh found a use for the coal tar, developing a method of waterproofing cloth. He used it to prepare a special solution of rubber, applied it to two pieces of coat fabric, and called it a raincoat, but other people soon began calling it a macintosh. It was also used as a protective coating on timber, and was widely employed on the new railway system. Its combination with creosote also afforded a thick coating for wood and metals, and it was used as a disinfectant in sewage. Some patents from the 1840s even suggested the early use of tar and coal-tar pitch on road surfaces."

    Simon Garfield, Mauve: How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World (London: Faber and Faber, Ltd., 2000), 24.

    October 2, 2017

  • "A man in a brown macintosh springs up through a trap-door." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008