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acton

or ackton, aketon

[ak-tuh n] /ˈæk tən/
noun, Armor.
1.
a quilted garment worn under mail in the 13th and 14th centuries; gambeson.
Origin of acton
1250-1300
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] /ˈæk tən/
noun
1.
Lord (John 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.

  • On the whole, he was glad that acton had urged him to remain another week or two.

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  • I suppose you are going up the coast with Mrs. acton in the steamer?

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

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

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  • Mrs. acton turned to her husband with a flush of resentment in her eyes.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for acton

acton

/ˈæktən/
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

/ˈæktən/
noun
1.
a district of the London borough of Ealing

Acton2

/ˈæktən/
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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