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[man-til-uh, -tee-uh] /mænˈtɪl ə, -ˈti ə/
a silk or lace head scarf arranged over a high comb and falling over the back and shoulders, worn in Spain, Mexico, etc.
a short mantle or light cape.
Origin of mantilla
1710-20; < Spanish; diminutive of manta Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for mantilla
Historical Examples
  • Herr Erasmus has given me a small Spanish mantilla and three men's portraits.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • You have not unpacked your trunk; and here is your bonnet and mantilla ready to be resumed.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • Do you happen to have a handkerchief, a scarf, or a mantilla, that he gave you?

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • Dicky caught a faint gleam of steel from the folds of her mantilla.

  • It is covered with a veil, open on each side, like a Spanish mantilla.

    Richard I Jacob Abbott
  • Carmen still in the arm chair, covered with her mantilla, did not speak.

    The Story of a Mine Bret Harte
  • Her white face, in the frame of her mantilla, looked longer, leaner than usual.

    The Aspern Papers Henry James
  • The two stood there face to face; she settled her mantilla, looking down at it as she did so.

  • She let the mantilla drop from her face and stood and looked at him.

    The Pretty Sister Of Jos Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Of course, I've only seen her in her little mask and mantilla.

    The Silver Butterfly Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
British Dictionary definitions for mantilla


a woman's lace or silk scarf covering the shoulders and head, often worn over a comb in the hair, esp in Spain
a similar covering for the shoulders only
Word Origin
C18: Spanish, diminutive of manta cloak
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Word Origin and History for mantilla

type of large veil, 1717, from Spanish mantilla, diminutive of manta (see manta).

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