- a mantle or cloak, especially one worn by women.
Origin of manteau
From French, dating back to 1665–75; see origin at mantle
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Examples from the Web for manteau
Manteau of light brown cashmere, trimmed with velvet of the same color; closed up in front by four large brandebourgs.
Tilting harness probably made by Helmschmid; espaliers, manteau d'armes, coude, left cuisse and colleret missing.The Business of Life
Robert W. Chambers
Manteau of India muslin, trimmed with a broad frill, the embroidering of which corresponds with the flowers of the dress.
Manteau de brocart a fleurs dOr doubl de pluche couleur de feu.Origin and Early History of the Fashion Plate
John L. Nevinson
It was in last October; I know it was, because I had just received my winter manteau,—my blue velvet one, with the fur bands.'The Bow of Orange Ribbon
Amelia E. Barr
- a cloak or mantle
C17: via French from Latin mantellum mantle
Word Origin and History for manteau
"cloak, mantle," 1670s, from French manteau, from Old French mantel (see mantle).
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