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The Collaborative International Dictionary

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 sense 2]

  2. a heavy woolen cloth heavily napped and felted, often with a plaid design. [WordNet sense 4]


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.


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.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 A heavy, woolen cloth. 2 A blanket made of wool, formerly distributed to the Amerindians by the USA government. 3 A flat-bottomed cargo boat; mackinaw boat.

  1. n. a short plaid coat made of made of thick woolen material [syn: Mackinaw coat]

  2. a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States [syn: Mackinaw blanket]

  3. a flat-bottomed boat used on upper Great Lakes [syn: Mackinaw boat]

  4. a heavy woolen cloth heavily napped and felted, often with a plaid design

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 code: 45785
Located within: Illinois (IL), FIPS 17
Location: 40.533977 N, 89.358630 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 61755
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Mackinaw, IL

Usage examples of "mackinaw".

I hung up my heavy mackinaw and scarf and walked like an automaton back to the kitchen.

She took from it a black-and-red-plaid mackinaw that had seen her through five winters.

Tory jerked the collar of his mackinaw up around his ears, pulled his Stetson low on his forehead and prayed that he was keeping his horse in a straight line.

When he stood up, Jadine held his mackinaw for him, knowing it would be difficult for him to pull it on because of his wound.

Chance sniffed the air as he took off his mackinaw and wiped his boots on the rug in front of the door.

Raven rose to her feet and stood like an obedient child as Isaac helped her into her sheepsin-lined mackinaw, then wound a red scarf over her head and neck.

Jax for details, my six hours spelling, and the three hours we spent at the Mackinaw Fort doing the tourist thing, I was mentally and physically tired.

Now that the island Weres knew we were still in Mackinaw, they would keep looking until they found us.

It was more likely that the riot had been the Mackinaw Weres looking for me.

Turning away, he started to walk for the Mackinaw City end of the bridge.

The hood was up and a guy in a red plaid mackinaw was leaning in under it.

I took a slow deep breath and cocked the revolver and brought the big Colt up carefully and aimed and gently pressed the trigger with the ball of my index finger and shot the guy in the mackinaw in the left thigh above the knee where it might just be a flesh wound and if it broke the bone it could heal with less complication.

The man in the mackinaw, who seemed to be a custodian of sorts, apologized for the lack of heat inside the dome.

He had exchanged the lumberjacket for the mackinaw, probably because the mackinaw had some sentimental memories for his wife.

Quickly he let his clothes form around him again and added a heavy mackinaw jacket to them.