Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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MAC. The Gaelic prefix (also written Mc, M') forming a patronymic = Eng. suffix -son. In colloq. use applied in Eng. to anyone known or thought to be a Scotsman, in Scot. common as a fam. form of address to any stranger.

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