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