Main definitions of mac in English

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Mac1

noun

trademark
  • A type of personal computer.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

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/

Main definitions of mac in English

: Mac1Mac2

Mac2

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.

Pronunciation:

Mac

/mak/

Main definitions of mac in English

: Mac1Mac2

mac

(also mack)

noun

British
informal
  • A mackintosh.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also decaying is the seaside town, evoked by changeable weather, plastic macs, ice-cream parlours and ‘folk’ entertainers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This can only mean that Martine McCutcheon must own a Burberry mac too, hence minus points.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chorus is made up of love's losers - life's trainspotters, who wear macs and binoculars and narrate this tale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘RACHEL WEISZ skips into the cafe like someone from a Seventies perfume ad, with her belted mac and tweed cap and tumbling raven curls.’
    • ‘However, plastic macs are on sale at the shop - a comfort that was denied the poor old groundlings of 1599.’
    • ‘Because of the rain I've had to wear it with my Burberry mac, but it goes with it, so all is not lost.’
    • ‘But you can arm yourself with umbrellas and macs to keep the rain away.’
    • ‘I'm sure people have this perception that it's all creepy old guys in rain macs - but it's not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We thought fast food was what you have in Lent, a big mac was an oversize raincoat, and crumpet we had for tea.’
    • ‘There probably won't be a single mac or trilby hat in sight at the Novotel on Saturday, he said.’
    • ‘It all began with the return of the mac last year when simple, A-line waterproofs became all the rage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And the finale complete with yellow macs, umbrellas and of course - rain - was well worth waiting for.’

Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

mac

/mak/