Definition of mantlet in English:


(also mantelet)


  • 1historical A woman's short, loose sleeveless cloak or shawl.

    • ‘She was in an open pale-blue dress with a fine beadwork, a white lacy airy mantelet on her shoulders.’
    cloak, cape, shawl, wrap, stole
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  • 2A bulletproof screen on a military vehicle.

    • ‘There are numerous differences between early production T - 54 vehicles and later models with some having a wider mantlet and turret undercut at the rear.’
    • ‘The TK 105 and TML 105 turrets use a mantlet sight, which is firmly linked to the movements of the gun for firing accuracy.’
    1. 2.1historical A movable shelter or screen used to protect soldiers.
      • ‘He knew how to cut off water to besieged fortifications, and how to construct bridges, mantlets, scaling ladders, and other instruments.’


Late Middle English: from Old French mantelet, diminutive of mantel ‘mantle’.