[ mel-tn ]
/ ˈmɛl tn /


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

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

/ (ˈmɛltən) /


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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