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[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.
Also called melton cloth.
Origin of melton
1815-25; after Melton Mowbray, town in Leicestershire, England Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • melton was still more astounded when Guy told him of the stealing of the despatches.

    Guy in the Jungle William Murray Graydon
  • Dr. melton crammed his hat on his head fiercely and said nothing.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • Mr. melton was next examined, to prove the identity of the deceased.

    The Fallen Leaves Wilkie Collins
  • Dr. melton cut her short with a sound like a laugh, although his face was savage.

    The Squirrel-Cage Dorothy Canfield
  • melton covered his face with his hands, and Guy staggered backward.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • “No, we will remain,” Guy and melton replied almost in one voice.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • Guy, from his position at melton's side, who had been placed on a soft lion skin, watched the strange scene with wonder.

    Guy in the Jungle William Murray Graydon
  • He was more worried at present about melton than anything else.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
  • Father's winter overcoat was perhaps made of melton, or covert cloth.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • “I have heard something of that myself,” interrupted melton.

    The River of Darkness William Murray Graydon
British Dictionary definitions for melton


a heavy smooth woollen fabric with a short nap, used esp for overcoats Also called melton cloth
Word Origin
C19: from MeltonMowbray, Leicestershire, a former centre for making this cloth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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