Definition of manteau in English:



  • 1A loose gown or cloak worn by women in the 17th and 18th centuries.

    1. 1.1 A long, loose coat or overshirt worn by Muslim women.
      • ‘The latter disdain, in much larger numbers than any-where else but Tehran, the chador and appear in what might be called ‘sexy hejab, ‘a snug-fitting manteau, or housecoat, a scarf barely covering their hair and full makeup.’’
      • ‘Another time, I woke up very late in the morning and ran to school, forgetting to change my pajama pants which I thought would not be important anyway, as my manteau was really long and my pants couldn't be easily seen.’
      • ‘Cumming says she didn't find wearing the manteau and scarf oppressive.’


Late 17th century: from French; compare with mantua.