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malines

[muh-leen; French ma-leen]
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noun
  1. Also ma·line. a delicate net resembling tulle, originally made by hand in the town of Mechlin, Belgium.
  2. Mechlin lace.
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Origin of malines

First recorded in 1840–50; after Malines

Malines

[ma-leen; English muh-leenz]
noun
  1. French name of Mechlin.
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Historical Examples

  • I shall go to Malines, of course, to say good‑bye to people.

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • At the beginning of 1585 almost every town had been reduced as far as Malines.

    Belgium

    Emile Cammaerts

  • Lady Caroline meant to pass the winter at Malines, of all places in the world.

    The Martian

    George Du Maurier

  • On leaving Brussels, we took the road to Malines and Antwerp.

  • “An island, I suppose,” said Malines, as the raft came alongside.

    The Island Queen

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for malines

malines

noun
  1. a type of silk net used in dressmaking
  2. another name for Mechlin lace
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Word Origin

C19: from French Malines (Mechelen), where this lace was traditionally made

Malines

noun
  1. the French name for Mechelen
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