- 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.
Origin of mantilla
Related Words for mantillashroud, mask, cloak, curtain, blind, guise, coloring, screen, cover, facade, shade, front, film, mantilla, kerchief, mantle, veil, shawl, bonnet
Examples from the Web for mantilla
Historical Examples of mantilla
Herr Erasmus has given me a small Spanish mantilla and three men's portraits.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
You have not unpacked your trunk; and here is your bonnet and mantilla ready to be resumed.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
Do you happen to have a handkerchief, a scarf, or a mantilla, that he gave you?Carmen
Dicky caught a faint gleam of steel from the folds of her mantilla.Cabbages and Kings
It is covered with a veil, open on each side, like a Spanish mantilla.Richard I
- 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
type of large veil, 1717, from Spanish mantilla, diminutive of manta (see manta).