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acton

or ackton, aketon

[ak-tuh n] /ˈæk tən/
noun, Armor.
1.
a quilted garment worn under mail in the 13th and 14th centuries; gambeson.
Origin of acton
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French aketoun, Old French a(u)queton < Old Spanish algodon < Spanish Arabic < Arabic al-quṭun the cotton

Acton

[ak-tuh n] /ˈæk tən/
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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  • “It might be as well if I pushed on for the inlet and brought George or acton back with me,” he suggested.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • "You are well known as a connoisseur, Mr. acton," he went on hurriedly.

  • I thought you went there while the girls were going about with Mrs. acton.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • On the whole, he was glad that acton had urged him to remain another week or two.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • acton used to do me good; it was then more like a country town than a modern suburb.

    Far Off Things Arthur Machen
  • Mrs. acton, who sat next to Miss Hamilton, looked up sharply.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • Before the end of the autumn she had sent up to Mr. acton some lovely little groups of children, illustrating Wordsworth's poems.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for acton

acton

/ˈæktən/
noun (in medieval Europe)
1.
a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
2.
a leather jacket padded with mail
Word Origin
C14: from Old French auqueton, probably ultimately from Arabic alqutun the cotton

Acton1

/ˈæktən/
noun
1.
a district of the London borough of Ealing

Acton2

/ˈæktən/
noun
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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