or ack·ton, ake·ton
- 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
- LordJohn Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron, 1834–1902, English historian.
- a former municipal borough in SE England, now part of the London borough of Ealing: center of Puritanism at the time of Cromwell.
- a city in NE Massachusetts.
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Examples from the Web for acton
When Acton died in 1953, no will was found and his estate was inherited by Harold.
Acton had no heirs and initially offered to leave his estate to Oxford, but the offer was turned down.
She and her family have been in litigation with NYU over the Acton estate since his death.
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When they were half-way down the street, Acton looked at Nasmyth with a dry smile.
He broke off abruptly, and just then Acton stepped out from the window.
Mrs. Acton, who sat next to Miss Hamilton, looked up sharply.
Acton, who took the paper from him, was a trifle perplexed when he glanced at it.
- a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
- a leather jacket padded with mail
C14: from Old French auqueton, probably ultimately from Arabic alqutun the cotton
- a district of the London borough of Ealing
- John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron. 1834–1902, English historian: a proponent of Christian liberal ethics and adviser of Gladstone
- 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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