Main definitions of mac in English

: mac1mac2Mac3

mac1

noun

mass nouninformal
  • Macaroni.

    ‘his daily yearning for mac and cheese’
    • ‘Whether it's spaghetti, pork lo mein, or mac and cheese, the masses just can't get enough of them.’
    • ‘For instance, a parent might have to prepare two different meals - a low-fat dinner for himself and good old mac and cheese for the kids.’
    • ‘I found this to be not only strange, but upsetting to my stomach as I'd just eaten some tuna mac 'n' cheese and a Rolling Rock beer.’
    • ‘Open a can and eat them in place of other high-carb sides like mashed or baked potatoes, biscuits, pasta, or mac and cheese.’
    • ‘Chowing down on the foods your mama used to make - like mashed potatoes or mac and cheese - can make you feel as warm and soft as those goodies, which may help you catch a few more winks.’
    • ‘I used to love getting lunch in the cafeteria, but ever since the new manager took over they stopped serving hamburgers and mac and cheese.’
    • ‘Instead, we ate potato chips, drank three bottles of red wine, finished off the rum, made lots of mac and cheese and sweated in the billion-degree heat.’
    • ‘If you're preparing mac and cheese from scratch, use whole-wheat pasta and you'll double the fiber.’
    • ‘Happy hunting and remember that sometimes there really is no replacement for mac and cheese.’
    • ‘Do you break down cereal boxes, pasta, mac & cheese, and frozen dinner boxes for recycling or do they go in the trash?’
    • ‘Anyone up for homemade mac 'n' cheese?’
    • ‘I won't pretend that my problem is solved and that Easter dinner will see me contentedly grazing on carrot sticks and steamed fish while everyone else devours baked ham, fried chicken and mac and cheese.’
    • ‘Even mac 'n' cheese has gained new dignity.’
    • ‘You'll use the technique for making this sauce over and over, for everything from mac 'n' cheese to Alfredo sauce.’
    • ‘It's the return of mac 'n' cheese and grilled cheese, especially in fine restaurants.’
    • ‘Many of us reach for comfort foods or something with milk like mac and cheese in the winter and ice-cream or milkshakes in the summer.’
    • ‘Not everyone considers bland 1950s fare (mac and cheese, chicken noodle soup, my mom's meatloaf) comfort food.’
    • ‘You'll be back to mac and cheese in front of the TV soon enough.’
    • ‘Just what I expected - a good-tasting chili mac.’
    • ‘It's time to stop pretending that yesterday's mac and cheese with a squirt of ketchup qualifies as a healthy meal.’

Origin

1930s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

mac

/mak/

Main definitions of mac in English

: mac1mac2Mac3

mac2

(North American mack)

noun

British
informal
  • A mackintosh.

    • ‘The chorus is made up of love's losers - life's trainspotters, who wear macs and binoculars and narrate this tale.’
    • ‘And the finale complete with yellow macs, umbrellas and of course - rain - was well worth waiting for.’
    • ‘The mood is all about luxury, from fine touch cashmere and belted suede shirt dresses to candy coloured silk mix macs and cropped band box smart jackets.’
    • ‘We thought fast food was what you have in Lent, a big mac was an oversize raincoat, and crumpet we had for tea.’
    • ‘RACHEL WEISZ skips into the cafe like someone from a Seventies perfume ad, with her belted mac and tweed cap and tumbling raven curls.’
    • ‘The audience is made to feel like a bunch of Peeping Toms, leering grimly through the upturned collars of their grubby macs into the love lives of the rich and famous.’
    • ‘That's only just enough time to round up the gear and the children, find fleeces and macs and wellingtons, and get everyone into the car.’
    • ‘In wellies and rustling macs around 1,500 spectators arrived at Saturday's Lowick Show, matching last year's crowd that took to the showfield in sunnier climes.’
    • ‘Because of the rain I've had to wear it with my Burberry mac, but it goes with it, so all is not lost.’
    • ‘Also decaying is the seaside town, evoked by changeable weather, plastic macs, ice-cream parlours and ‘folk’ entertainers.’
    • ‘Those planning to go to Blackpool or North Wales for the bank holiday are most likely to need their macs and umbrellas with the coast and hills favourites for a shower.’
    • ‘There probably won't be a single mac or trilby hat in sight at the Novotel on Saturday, he said.’
    • ‘But you can arm yourself with umbrellas and macs to keep the rain away.’
    • ‘Would-be commandos are deployed in groups of up to six, each kitted out in drab macs, assigned a specific target to track down and led into the isolation of a fabric tent.’
    • ‘I'm sure people have this perception that it's all creepy old guys in rain macs - but it's not.’
    • ‘It all began with the return of the mac last year when simple, A-line waterproofs became all the rage.’
    • ‘Although we are always going to get visitors who wear those hideous yellow rain macs, we do have visitors who are stylish and we want to encourage more of them.’
    • ‘But that led to problems on the shoplifting front; you see, the macs were behind the counter.’
    • ‘This can only mean that Martine McCutcheon must own a Burberry mac too, hence minus points.’
    • ‘However, plastic macs are on sale at the shop - a comfort that was denied the poor old groundlings of 1599.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

mac

/mak/

Main definitions of mac in English

: mac1mac2Mac3

Mac3

noun

trademark
  • A type of personal computer.

    • ‘The appeal of a low cost Mac isn't hard to see.’
    • ‘I have been developing software for the Mac for over 20 years.’
    • ‘During this time, your old Mac remains a valuable backup resource.’
    • ‘Choosing not to develop for the Mac, then, is choosing for your company to eventually die.’
    • ‘Lest everyone think me a Luddite, I ordered my first Mac in January 1984.’

Origin

1980s: from Macintosh, the brand name of a range of computers manufactured by Apple Inc.; the range was named after a variety of dessert apple (see McIntosh).

Pronunciation

Mac

/mak/

noun

North American
informal
  • A form of address for a man whose name is unknown to the speaker.

    ‘haven't seen you for a while, Mac’
    • ‘Hey Mac, you're going home!’
    • ‘Hey Mac, I need a favor!’
    man, my friend
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Origin

Early 17th century (originally a form of address to a Scotsman): from Mac-, a patronymic prefix in many Scots and Irish surnames.