Definition of mantelletta in English:

mantelletta

noun

  • A sleeveless vestment reaching to the knees, worn by cardinals, bishops, and other high-ranking Catholic ecclesiastics.

    • ‘In the background, one can make out the scarlet of a Cardinal, whose biretta is tuftless and who wears the scarlet mozzetta over his mantelletta.’
    • ‘The mantelletta was once even more common than the mozzetta.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Italian, from a diminutive of Latin mantellum ‘mantle’.

Pronunciation

mantelletta

/ˌmantɪˈlɛtə/