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[man-toh, man-toh]
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noun, plural man·teaus, man·teaux [man-tohz, man-tohz] /ˈmæn toʊz, mænˈtoʊz/. Obsolete.
  1. a mantle or cloak, especially one worn by women.
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Origin of manteau

From French, dating back to 1665–75; see origin at mantle
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Related Words

shawl, mantle, mask, camouflage, veneer, coat, raincoat, wrap, cape, capote, cope, cloak, wrapper, cardinal, poncho, gabardine, tippet, pelisse, Vandyke, mantilla

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Historical Examples

  • Manteau of light brown cashmere, trimmed with velvet of the same color; closed up in front by four large brandebourgs.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851


  • 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.

  • 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.'

British Dictionary definitions for manteau


noun plural -teaus (-təʊz) or French -teaux (-to)
  1. a cloak or mantle
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Word Origin

C17: via French from Latin mantellum mantle
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Word Origin and History for manteau


"cloak, mantle," 1670s, from French manteau, from Old French mantel (see mantle).

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