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

  • A city of north-central Belgium north-northeast of Brussels. Founded in the early Middle Ages, it enjoyed its greatest prosperity during the 15th and early 16th centuries. Population: 78,900.
  • n. A lace in which the pattern details are defined by a flat thread. Also called malines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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


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

After Mechlin 1.


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

    How to Do It

  • 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.

    Tremendous Trifles

  • 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.

    Belgium Church Panel On Sex Abuse Shuts After Raid

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

    2 Palestinians killed in retaliatory strike

  • 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

  • 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

  • It is a picturesque, white chateau, with turrets covered with fine stone carving like Mechlin lace; a chateau such as you often see in Touraine, spick and span, ivy clad, standing among its groves of mulberry trees and vineyards, with its hollow walks, its stone balustrades, and cellars mined in the rock escarpments mirrored in the Loire.

    A Woman of Thirty

  • Her tiny pink and white ear, framed by a lock of her hair and outlined by a wrapping of Mechlin lace, would have made an artist, a painter, an old man, wildly in love, and would perhaps have restored a madman to his senses.

    The Magic Skin


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