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(in medieval Europe) n
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a leather jacket padded with mail
[C14: from Old French auqueton, probably ultimately from Arabic alqutun the cotton]


(Placename) a district of the London borough of Ealing


1. (Biography) John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron. 1834–1902, English historian: a proponent of Christian liberal ethics and adviser of Gladstone
2. (Biography) 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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(ˈæk tən)

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.
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Old Acton, who is one of our county magnates, had his house broken into last Monday.
It's evidently the same villains who broke into Acton's."
"In that case, of course, Acton's and Cunningham's are just the places he would go for, since they are far the largest about here."
Old Acton has some claim on half Cunningham's estate, and the lawyers have been at it with both hands."
Of course this Acton business has put every one on their guard.
Look, for example, at the queer lot of things which he took from Acton's--what was it?--a ball of string, a letter-weight, and I don't know what other odds and ends."
Acton whose house had been the scene of the original burglary.
Acton to be present while I demonstrated this small matter to you," said Holmes, "for it is natural that he should take a keen interest in the details.
Acton. "There can be no possible doubt as to their intentions.
Respecting the author's identity, I would have it to he distinctly understood that Acton Bell is neither Currer nor Ellis Bell, and therefore let not his faults be attributed to them.
D--n me, I'd rather be run by my own dogs, as one Acton was, that the story-book says was turned into a hare, and his own dogs killed un and eat un.
Sometimes, on Sundays, I heard the bells, the Lincoln, Acton, Bedford, or Concord bell, when the wind was favorable, a faint, sweet, and, as it were, natural melody, worth importing into the wilderness.