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Proper noun[edit]


  1. Dated form of Mechelen. (city in Belgium)


Mechlin (uncountable)

  1. A kind of lace made at, or originating in, Mechelen, having a bobbin ground and designs outlined by thread or flat cord.
    • 1725-8, Edward Young, Love of Fame, The Universal Passion, "Satire V: On Women", line 359-60
      And if disputes of empire rise between / Mechlin, the queen of lace, and Colberteen.
    • 1817 December, [Jane Austen], Northanger Abbey; published in Northanger Abbey: And Persuasion. [], volume (please specify |volume=I or II), London: John Murray, [], 1818, OCLC 318384910:
      [] “Only think, my dear, of my having got that frightful great rent in my best Mechlin so charmingly mended, before I left Bath, that one can hardly see where it was.
    • a. 1887 (date written), Emily Dickinson, “I went to heaven”, in Mabel Loomis Todd and T[homas] W[entworth] Higginson, editors, Poems, Second Series, Boston, Mass.: Roberts Brothers, published 1891, page 196:
      People like the moth, / Of mechlin, frames, / Duties of gossamer, / And eider names.

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