- Mackinaw type of boat used on the Great Lakes, 1812, from Mackinac, name of a port and island in Michigan, from Ojibway (Algonquian) mitchimakinak "many turtles," from mishiin- "be many" + mikinaak "snapping turtle." As a type of heavy blanket given to the Indians by the U.S. government, it is attested from 1822.
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Mackinaw — [mak′ə nô΄] adj. [CdnFr Mackinac < Ojibwa mitchimakinak, large turtle] 1. of or from Mackinac Island, formerly a center of trade with the Indians of the Northwest 2. of or made of a heavy, napped woolen cloth, often plaid n. [usually m ] 1.… … English World dictionary
Mackinaw — Mackinaw, IL U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 1452 Housing Units (2000): 608 Land area (2000): 1.254750 sq. miles (3.249787 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.030029 sq. miles (0.077775 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.284779 sq. miles (3.327562 … StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places
Mackinaw, IL — U.S. village in Illinois Population (2000): 1452 Housing Units (2000): 608 Land area (2000): 1.254750 sq. miles (3.249787 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.030029 sq. miles (0.077775 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.284779 sq. miles (3.327562 sq. km) FIPS … StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places
Mackinaw — blanket Mack i*naw blan ket, Mackinaw Mack i*naw [From Mackinac, the State of Michigan, where blankets and other stores were distributed to the Indians.] 1. A thick blanket formerly in common use in the western part of the United States. [WordNet … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Mackinaw — Mack i*naw, Mackinaw boat Mack i*naw boat 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. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Mackinaw — Mack i*naw, Mackinaw coat Mack i*naw coat A short, heavy, double breasted plaid coat, the design of which is large and striking. [Local, U. S.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Mackinaw — Mackinaw, 1) M. Creek, Fluß im Staate Illinois, fällt in der Grafschaft Tazewell inden Illinois River; 2) Fort im Oregongebiet; hier hatte die zu Ende des 16. Jahrh. gegründete Mackinawgesellschaft ihren Sitz, welche ihre Geschäfte bes. in den… … Pierer's Universal-Lexikon
mackinaw — noun Etymology: Mackinaw (Mackinac), trading post at site of Mackinaw City, Michigan Date: 1833 1. a heavy woolen blanket formerly distributed by the United States government to the Indians 2. a. a heavy cloth of wool or wool and other fibers… … New Collegiate Dictionary
mackinaw — noun 1. a short plaid coat made of made of thick woolen material (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑Mackinaw coat • Hypernyms: ↑coat 2. a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States • Syn: ↑Mackinaw blanket … Useful english dictionary
mackinaw — mackinawed, adj. /mak euh naw /, n. a short double breasted coat of a thick woolen material, commonly plaid. Also called Mackinaw coat, mackinaw coat. [1755 65; sp. var. of MACKINAC] * * * … Universalium