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[man-tl-et, mant-lit]
  1. a short mantle.
  2. Also mantlet. Military.
    1. manta(def 3).
    2. any of various bulletproof shelters or screens.
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Origin of mantelet

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see mantle, -et
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Examples from the Web for mantelet

Historical Examples

  • It requires great dexterity in cutting out the mantelet to give a graceful appearance to this innovation.

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852


  • On the memorable occasion of which I speak I was habited in a crimson satin dress, with a sky-blue Arabian mantelet.

  • He remembereth his worthies: They stumble in their march; They make haste to the wall thereof, And the mantelet is prepared.

  • The most interesting example which we have met of the employment of the pavis and mantelet, is in a picture in the Harl.

  • But the special point for which we give the woodcut here, is to illustrate the use of the mantelet.

British Dictionary definitions for mantelet



  1. a woman's short mantle, often lace-trimmed, worn in the mid-19th century
  2. a portable bulletproof screen or shelter
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French, diminutive of mantel mantle
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