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acton

or ack·ton, ake·ton

[ak-tuh n]
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noun Armor.
  1. a quilted garment worn under mail in the 13th and 14th centuries; gambeson.

Origin of acton

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French aketoun, Old French a(u)queton < Old Spanish algodon < Spanish Arabic < Arabic al-quṭun the cotton

Acton

[ak-tuh n]
noun
  1. LordJohn Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron, 1834–1902, English historian.
  2. a former municipal borough in SE England, now part of the London borough of Ealing: center of Puritanism at the time of Cromwell.
  3. a city in NE Massachusetts.
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  • "You are well known as a connoisseur, Mr. Acton," he went on hurriedly.

  • When they were half-way down the street, Acton looked at Nasmyth with a dry smile.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

  • He broke off abruptly, and just then Acton stepped out from the window.

    The Greater Power

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  • Mrs. Acton, who sat next to Miss Hamilton, looked up sharply.

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  • Acton, who took the paper from him, was a trifle perplexed when he glanced at it.

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British Dictionary definitions for acton

acton

noun (in medieval Europe)
  1. a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
  2. a leather jacket padded with mail

Word Origin

C14: from Old French auqueton, probably ultimately from Arabic alqutun the cotton

Acton1

noun
  1. a district of the London borough of Ealing

Acton2

noun
  1. John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron. 1834–1902, English historian: a proponent of Christian liberal ethics and adviser of Gladstone
  2. his grandfather, Sir John Francis Edward. 1736–1811, European naval commander and statesman: admiral of Tuscany (1774–79) and Naples (1779 onwards) and chief minister of Naples (1779–1806)
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