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Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



The trading post in Mackinaw City, Michigan, from .


  1. A heavy, woolen cloth.
  2. A blanket made of wool formerly distributed to the Amerindians by the U.S. government.
  3. 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).
  4. A shooner-rigged boat once used on the Great Lakes.


  • Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary: Tenth Edition (1997)

Extensive Definition

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).


Populated areas




Sailboat races

Two long distance sailboat races, each often referred to as "the Mackinaw race":


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