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A member of a group of insurgents who, armed with lead maces, led a riot in Paris in 1382 against King Charles VI's imposition of a new tax on trade.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Beckford (1760–1844), writer and art collector. From French maillotin from maillot, variant (with substitution of the suffix -ot) of maillet mace, mallet + -in.
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