One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
Mid 19th century: from Italian, from a diminutive of Latin mantellum ‘mantle’.
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