Definition of mantelet in US English:


(also mantlet)


  • 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 for a soldier.

    • ‘The TK 105 and TML 105 turrets use a mantlet sight, which is firmly linked to the movements of the gun for firing accuracy.’
    • ‘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.’


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