[muh-leen; French ma-leen]


Also ma·line. a delicate net resembling tulle, originally made by hand in the town of Mechlin, Belgium.

Origin of malines

First recorded in 1840–50; after Malines Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maline

Historical Examples of maline

  • It seems to me that tulle and tarlatan and maline were your dope.

    Out of the Air

    Inez Haynes Irwin

  • The wire should be wound with maline or have a facing of maline.

    Make Your Own Hats

    Gene Allen Martin

  • Flower pins were tucked in the maline bows of the bouquets as favors for the girls, while scarf pins were favors for the men.

  • Angela considered a minute, and then left the room to return with a long scarf of maline over her arm.

  • Allee too velly much flighten, and lun away from foleign devil sailor and maline.

    Blue Jackets

    George Manville Fenn

British Dictionary definitions for maline



a type of silk net used in dressmaking
another name for Mechlin lace

Word Origin for malines

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



the French name for Mechelen
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