Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lace in which the pattern details are defined by a flat thread.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining to or produced at Mechlin or Malines in Belgium.
  • noun Same as Mechlin lace.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A kind of lace made at, or originating in, Mechlin, in Belgium.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun Dated form of Mechelen. (city in Belgium)
  • noun A kind of lace made at, or originating in, Mechelen.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Mechlin, (Mechelen), Belgium, where such lace has traditionally been made.]

Examples

  • I remember that at Malines -- what we call Mechlin -- our train stopped nearly an hour.

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  • The officer on this train could speak nothing but Flemish, but he understood the name Mechlin, and indicated that when we came to Mechlin Station he would put us down, which, after the right interval of time, he did.

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  • Investigators also opened the graves of archbishops in Mechlin, north of Brussels, looking for possibly incriminating documents.

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  • Investigators also opened the graves of archbishops in Mechlin, north of Brussels, looking for possibly incriminating documents.

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  • On Thursday, scores of police officers seized documents, computers, DVDs and CDs at the Belgian archbishop's residence in Mechlin, north of Brussels, and detained a dozen Belgian bishops who were meeting there.

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  • Her soul flew out into the azure depths, with wings of Mechlin lace.

    Les Miserables

  • This panic was such that it attacked the Prince de Conde at Mechlin, and Louis XVIII. at

    Les Miserables

  • The brown or chocolate-coloured silk gown, with ruffles of the same stuff at the elbow, within which are others of Mechlin lace — the black silk gloves, or mitts, the white hair combed back upon a roll, and the cap of spotless cambric, which closes around the venerable countenance, as they were not the costume of 1780, so neither were they that of 1826; they are altogether a style peculiar to the individual Aunt

    My Aunt Margaret's Mirror

  • The brown or chocolate-coloured silk gown, with ruffles of the same stuff at the elbow, within which are others of Mechlin lace — the black silk gloves, or mitts, the white hair combed back upon a roll, and the cap of spotless cambric, which closes around the venerable countenance, as they were not the costume of 1780, so neither were they that of 1826; they are altogether a style peculiar to the individual Aunt

    My Aunt Margaret's Mirror

  • Compare the most beautiful Mechlin lace to that if you can!

    Les Miserables

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