[man-til-uh, -tee-uh]


a silk or lace head scarf arranged over a high comb and falling over the back and shoulders, worn in Spain, Mexico, etc.
a short mantle or light cape.

Nearby words

  1. mantelshelf,
  2. manteltree,
  3. mantic,
  4. manticore,
  5. mantid,
  6. mantinea,
  7. mantis,
  8. mantis shrimp,
  9. mantispid,
  10. mantissa

Origin of mantilla

1710–20; < Spanish; diminutive of manta Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mantilla



a woman's lace or silk scarf covering the shoulders and head, often worn over a comb in the hair, esp in Spain
a similar covering for the shoulders only

Word Origin for mantilla

C18: Spanish, diminutive of manta cloak

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Word Origin and History for mantilla



type of large veil, 1717, from Spanish mantilla, diminutive of manta (see manta).

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