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  1. a heavily fulled cloth, often of wool, tightly constructed and finished with a smooth face concealing the weave, used for overcoats, hunting jackets, etc.
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Origin of melton

First recorded in 1815–25; after Melton Mowbray, town in Leicestershire, England
Also called melton cloth.
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Examples from the Web for melton

Historical Examples

  • A few shots were exchanged, and Melton was compelled to retreat.

    A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion

    William Dobein James

  • The man driving it was a gorgeous person in a light Melton overcoat.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • You have been lately in Spain, Melton; what news from Seville?

  • “No, we will remain,” Guy and Melton replied almost in one voice.

    The River of Darkness

    William Murray Graydon

  • By this time Guy and Melton had donned their disguises and were ready for action.

    The River of Darkness

    William Murray Graydon

British Dictionary definitions for melton


  1. a heavy smooth woollen fabric with a short nap, used esp for overcoatsAlso called: melton cloth
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Word Origin

C19: from Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, a former centre for making this cloth
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