Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British A raincoat.
  • n. Chiefly British A lightweight, waterproof fabric that was originally of rubberized cotton.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A waterproof long coat made of rubberized cloth.
  • n. By extension, any waterproof coat or raincoat.
  • n. Waterproof rubberized cloth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A waterproof outer garment; -- so called from the name of the inventor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garment, particularly an overcoat or cloak, rendered water-proof by a solution of india-rubber, either applied on the surface as a coating or placed between two thicknesses of some cloth of suitable texture.
  • n. Rubber cloth of the kind used in making a mackintosh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a lightweight waterproof (usually rubberized) fabric
  • n. a waterproof raincoat made of rubberized fabric

Etymologies

After Charles Macintosh (1766-1843), Scottish inventor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Charles Macintosh (1766–1843), who patented a type of rubberized cloth in 1823. Former trademark. The letter k is a later addition. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And hanging up one of the bird-skin rugs in its place, the "mackintosh" was drawn and carefully knotted around the rim of the shaky receptacle.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • A man in a serge suit and a beige mackintosh sits on a folding chair, smoking a cigarette.

    Endeavour: an inspector recalled

  • I pawned my watch, my bicycle, and a mackintosh of which my father had been very proud and which he had left to me.

    Chapter 25

  • I got my bicycle, my watch, and my father's mackintosh out of pawn and rented a typewriter.

    Chapter 25

  • There's Bill stumbling up the road, umbrella-armed, mackintosh wet- spotted, swaying like a sailor off a sea journey.

    Where's Me Dinner Woman?

  • Once Dick suggested that she take his oilskins, as her mackintosh was worth no more than paper in such a storm.

    SIWASH

  • It was not alone Molly Travis who pulled on gum boots, mackintosh, and straps; for the phantom hands of ten thousand forbears drew tight the buckles, just so as they squared her jaw and set her eyes with determination.

    SIWASH

  • He hung his mackintosh and hat on the rack in the comfortable square hall and turned to her for direction.

    Chapter XVIII

  • I struggled along, stood off the butcher and the grocer, pawned my watch and bicycle and my father's mackintosh, and I worked.

    Chapter 26

  • And when you flip through the hundreds of photographs Larkin left, you see that the huge majority are of this cockatoo of a woman called Monica, and in a single glance you realise what an extraordinary couple they must have made: he so soberly dressed in mackintosh and bicycle clips, and her so exquisitely and loudly turned out: extraordinary hats and wacky stockings, mannish pinstripe trousers and daringly (for the time) short skirts.

    In search of the real Philip Larkin

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