[ak-tuh n]


or ack·ton, ake·ton

[ak-tuh n]
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
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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 for acton

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


  1. a district of the London borough of Ealing


  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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