Definition of Alençon in US English:


(also Alencon)


  • 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.