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

Nearby words

  1. meltdown,
  2. meltemi,
  3. melter,
  4. melting point,
  5. melting pot,
  6. melton mowbray,
  7. meltwater,
  8. melty,
  9. melun,
  10. melungeon

Origin of melton

First recorded in 1815–25; after Melton Mowbray, town in Leicestershire, England

Also called melton cloth. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for melton



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

Word Origin for melton

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

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