A a


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tuh n]
    • /ˈæk tən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-tuh n]
    • /ˈæk tən/

Definitions of acton word

  • noun acton a jacket or jerkin, originally of quilted cotton, worn under a coat of mail 3
  • noun acton a leather jacket padded with mail 3
  • noun acton a district of the London borough of Ealing 3
  • noun acton John Emerich Edward Dalberg, 1st Baron. 1834–1902, English historian: a proponent of Christian liberal ethics and adviser of Gladstone 3
  • noun acton 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) 3
  • noun acton 1st Baron(John Emerick Edward Dalberg-Acton) 1834-1902; Eng. historian: known as Lord Acton 3

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Origin of acton

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
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 popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

acton usage trend in Literature

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