1 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
- A heavy, woolen cloth.
- A blanket made of wool formerly distributed to the Amerindians by the U.S. government.
- 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).
- A shooner-rigged boat once used on the Great Lakes.
- Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition (1997)
Mackinaw or related spellings is the name of several different places and things, mostly related to the area where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron. Mackinac is a derivation of a Menomini or Ojibwe word "Michilimackinac" and is pronounced [ˈmækɪnɔ] (MACK-in-awe).
- Mackinac Falls, a drowned waterfall in the Straits of Mackinac
- Mackinac Island, an island in the straits which bans automobiles
- Mackinac Island State Park, which preserves a large part of the island
- Mackinac Point, perhaps the northernmost point in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan
- Mackinaw River, a tributary of the Illinois River
- Michilimackinac, a former term for the entire region around the Straits of Mackinac
- Straits of Mackinac, connecting the lakes and separates the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan
- Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Preserve, a state-designated preservation area within much of the Straits of Mackinac
- USS Mackinac (AVP-13), a United States Navy seaplane tender commissioned from 1942 to 1946, later used by the United States Coast Guard from 1949 to 1967, where redesignated USCGC Mackinac (WAVP-371), and then (WHEC-371)
- Mackinaw boat, a type of small sailboat used in the Upper Great Lakes
- USS Mackinaw, a United States Navy gunboat commissioned twice between 1864 and 1867
- USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83), a United States Coast Guard icebreaker on the Great Lakes commissioned from 1944 to 2006
- USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30), a United States Coast Guard icebreaker on the Great Lakes commissioned in 2006
- Mackinac Bridge (ship), a container ship built in 1986, used by a Japanese freight company out of Kobe, Japan http://www.e-ships.net/index/M1.shtml
Sailboat racesTwo long distance sailboat races, each often referred to as "the Mackinaw race":
- Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonpartisan research and educational organization advocating free-market policies
- Mackinaw cloth, a heavy wool cloth
- Mackinaw, a jacket or short coat made of Mackinaw cloth, in Canada usually called a "Mac"
- Mackinaw Fur Company or Michilimackinac Company, a Canadian fur trade company bought by John Jacob Astor
- Mackinaw trout, another name for Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush)
- Chief Mackinac or Mackinaw, an Ottawa chief in the Michilimackinac area in the 1740s