[ man-toh, man-toh ]
/ ˈmæn toʊ, mænˈtoʊ /

noun, plural man·teaus, man·teaux [man-tohz, man-tohz] /ˈmæn toʊz, mænˈtoʊz/. Obsolete.

a mantle or cloak, especially one worn by women.

Origin of manteau

From French, dating back to 1665–75; see origin at mantle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for manteau


/ (ˈmæntəʊ, French mɑ̃to) /

noun plural -teaus (-təʊz) or French -teaux (-to)

a cloak or mantle

Word Origin for manteau

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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