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1Attributive Designating a type of fine point lace made originally at Lonray near Alençon, especially in "Alençon lace".
2Alençon lace; a piece or garment of this.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Gazetteer & New Daily Advertiser. From the name of Alençon, a town in the department of Orne, north-western France. In Alençon lace after French dentelle d'Alençon; compare point d'Alençon. With the simple use compare French Alençon, denoting the lace or a piece or garment of this.
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