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mantilla

[man-til-uh, -tee-uh]
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noun
  1. a silk or lace head scarf arranged over a high comb and falling over the back and shoulders, worn in Spain, Mexico, etc.
  2. a short mantle or light cape.
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Origin of mantilla

1710–20; < Spanish; diminutive of manta
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Examples from the Web for mantilla

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Prosper Merimee

  • Dicky caught a faint gleam of steel from the folds of her mantilla.

  • It is covered with a veil, open on each side, like a Spanish mantilla.

    Richard I

    Jacob Abbott


British Dictionary definitions for mantilla

mantilla

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

C18: Spanish, diminutive of manta cloak
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Word Origin and History for mantilla

n.

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

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