- a short cloak, with full hanging sleeves, often open or slit under the arms, worn by soldiers in the 16th and 17th centuries.
- a similar garment without sleeves, worn by servants in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Origin of mandilion
1570–80; < Middle French < Italian mandiglione, augmentative of mandiglia < Middle French mandil(le) ≪ Medieval Greek mandḗlion < Latin mantēl(i)um hand towel, napkin
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