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noun Roman Catholic Church.
  1. a silk or woolen sleeveless vestment reaching to the knees, worn by cardinals, bishops, and other prelates.
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Origin of mantelletta

1850–55; < Italian, probably < Medieval Latin mantelletum, diminutive of Latin mantellum mantle
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  • The plates are handed to Him by prelates of mantelletta, and during the ceremony one of His chaplains reads a spiritual book.

    The Ceremonies of the Holy-Week at Rome

    Charles Michael Baggs

British Dictionary definitions for mantelletta


  1. RC Church a sleeveless knee-length vestment, worn by cardinals, bishops, etc
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Word Origin

Italian, from Old French mantelet or Medieval Latin mantelletum, diminutive of Latin mantellum mantle
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