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mozzetta

or mo·zet·ta

[moh-zet-uh; Italian mawt-tset-tah]
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noun, plural moz·zet·tas, Italian moz·zet·te [mawt-tset-te] /mɔtˈtsɛt tɛ/. Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a short cape that covers the shoulders and can be buttoned over the breast, and to which a hood is attached, worn by the pope and by cardinals, bishops, abbots, and other dignitaries.
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Origin of mozzetta

1765–75; < Italian, aphetic variant of almozzetta, equivalent to almozz(a) (compare Medieval Latin almutia amice2) + -etta -ette
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Historical Examples

  • Then I got my camphor and lavender, and laid the fragrant powder between the folds of the mozzetta.

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • Lastly, from the cappa is probably derived the mozzetta, a short cape with a miniature hood, fastened down the front with buttons.


British Dictionary definitions for mozzetta

mozzetta

mozetta

noun
  1. RC Church a short hooded cape worn by the pope, cardinals, etc
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Word Origin

C18: from Italian, shortened from almozzetta, from Medieval Latin almutia almuce
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