acton

or ack·ton, ake·ton

[ ak-tuh n ]
/ ˈæk tən /

noun Armor.

a quilted garment worn under mail in the 13th and 14th centuries; gambeson.

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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

Definition for acton (2 of 2)

Acton
[ ak-tuh n ]
/ ˈæk tən /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for acton (1 of 3)

acton
/ (ˈæktən) /

noun (in medieval Europe)

a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
a leather jacket padded with mail

Word Origin for acton

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

British Dictionary definitions for acton (2 of 3)

Acton1
/ (ˈæktən) /

noun

a district of the London borough of Ealing

British Dictionary definitions for acton (3 of 3)

Acton2
/ (ˈæktən) /

noun

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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