Acton



a quilted garment worn under mail in the 13th and 14th centuries; gambeson.
Lord (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron) 1834–1902, English historian.
a former municipal borough in SE England, now part of the London borough of Ealing: center of Puritanism at the time of Cromwell.
a city in NE Massachusetts.
Contemporary Examples

acton had no heirs and initially offered to leave his estate to Oxford, but the offer was turned down.
In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU Anthony Haden-Guest November 9, 2014

She and her family have been in litigation with NYU over the acton estate since his death.
In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU Anthony Haden-Guest November 9, 2014

When acton died in 1953, no will was found and his estate was inherited by Harold.
In Tussle Over Will, Mistress’s Family Takes a Bite Out of NYU Anthony Haden-Guest November 9, 2014

Historical Examples

“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.
Masterpieces of Mystery Various

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

noun (in medieval Europe)
a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail
a leather jacket padded with mail
noun
a district of the London borough of Ealing
noun
John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron. 1834–1902, English historian: a proponent of Christian liberal ethics and adviser of Gladstone
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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