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1. A short, double-breasted coat of heavy, usually plaid, woolen material.
2. The cloth from which such a coat is made, usually of wool, often with a heavy nap.
a. A flatbottom boat pointed at both ends and often rigged as a schooner, historically used on the upper Great Lakes.
b. A flatbottom boat historically used on the Missouri River and its tributaries.

[After Old Mackinac, a fort on the site of present-day Mackinaw City in northern Michigan.]
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1. A heavy blanket formerly supplied to Indians of the Northwest by the U.S. Government.
2. A coat made of mackinaw-like material.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mackinaw - a short plaid coat made of made of thick woolen materialmackinaw - a short plaid coat made of made of thick woolen material
coat - an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
2.Mackinaw - a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United Statesmackinaw - a thick plaid blanket formerly used in the northwestern United States
blanket, cover - bedding that keeps a person warm in bed; "he pulled the covers over his head and went to sleep"
3.Mackinaw - a flat-bottomed boat used on upper Great Lakesmackinaw - a flat-bottomed boat used on upper Great Lakes
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
4.Mackinaw - a heavy woolen cloth heavily napped and felted, often with a plaid designmackinaw - a heavy woolen cloth heavily napped and felted, often with a plaid design
cloth, fabric, textile, material - artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers; "the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent"; "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC"; "she measured off enough material for a dress"
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The chief factory was established at the old emporium of Michilimackinac, from which place the association took its name, and was commonly called the Mackinaw Company.
While the Northwesters continued to push their enterprises into the hyperborean regions from their stronghold at Fort William, and to hold almost sovereign sway over the tribes of the upper lakes and rivers, the Mackinaw Company sent forth their light perogues and barks, by Green Bay, Fox River, and the Wisconsin, to that areas artery of the West, the Mississippi; and down that stream to all its tributary rivers.
With all his enterprise and resources however, he soon found the power and influence of the Michilimackinac (or Mackinaw) Company too great for him, having engrossed most of the trade within the American borders.
As the Mackinaw Company still continued its rivalry, and as the fur trade would not advantageously admit of competition, he made a new arrangement in 1811, by which, in conjunction with certain partners of the Northwest Company, and other persons engaged in the fur trade, he bought out the Mackinaw Company, and merged that and the American Fur Company into a new association, to be called the "Southwest Company." This he likewise did with the privity and approbation of the American government.
Astor became proprietor of one half of the Indian establishments and goods which the Mackinaw Company had within the territory of the Indian country in the United States, and it was understood that the whole was to be surrendered into his hands at the expiration of five years, on condition that the American Company would not trade within the British dominions.
Upon my word were I at Mackinaw, I should take this to be the inside of an Indian wigwam.
They rolled into their robes, all-standing, each with a woolen Mackinaw jacket on in place of the parkas[5] they had worn all day.
The rest of the drive flew by as they brain stormed, deciding they would logically name this new creation, "Michigan Mittens." While travelling over the Mackinaw Bridge, Erich penned the slogan "Always have a MAP on Hand!"
Risen, senior vice president, Mackinaw Underwriters, a member of the AmeriTrust Group Inc., has been promoted to president of the Meadowbrook Insurance Agency in Southfield, Michigan.
The firm has appointed Brian L Risen, senior VP, Mackinaw Underwriters, Retail Distribution Management, as president of the Meadowbrook Insurance Agency.
(OTC: NXGM) has acquired a 100% interest in the 200-acre Washington, US-based Mackinaw Mine Property from Washington-based mine claimant Vesper Resources, LLC, the company said.
455 - King Gaiseric & the Vandals sack Rome - city looted for 14 days 1763 - Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Fort Michilimackinac was captured by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort.