Main definitions of mortlake in English

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mortlake1

Pronunciation /ˈmɔːtleɪk/

noun

rare Geography
  • An oxbow lake.

Origin

Early 20th century. Probably from mort or its etymon French mort dead + lake, although perhaps influenced by the name of Mortlake in Surrey, England.

Main definitions of Mortlake in English

: mortlake1Mortlake2

Mortlake2

Pronunciation /ˈmɔːtleɪk/

noun

historical
  • Attributive Designating a kind of tapestry woven at Mortlake under royal patronage in the reigns of James I and Charles I, originally to Flemish designs, later depicting the paintings of prominent European artists of the day (notably Raphael).

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Wycherley (bap. 1641, d. 1716), playwright. From the name of Mortlake, a village in Surrey, England, where this kind of tapestry was woven.