acton

acton

[ak-tuhn]
Also, ackton, aketon.


Origin:
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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Acton

[ak-tuhn]
noun
1.
Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron) 1834–1902, English historian.
2.
a former municipal borough in SE England, now part of the London borough of Ealing: center of Puritanism at the time of Cromwell.
3.
a city in NE Massachusetts.
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acton (ˈæktən)
 
n
1.  a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
2.  a leather jacket padded with mail
 
[C14: from Old French auqueton, probably ultimately from Arabic alqutun the cotton]

Acton1 (ˈæktən)
 
n
a district of the London borough of Ealing

Acton2 (ˈæktən)
 
n
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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