One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1historical A woman's short, loose sleeveless cloak or shawl.
cloak, cape, shawl, wrap, stoleView synonyms
- ‘She was in an open pale-blue dress with a fine beadwork, a white lacy airy mantelet on her shoulders.’
2A bulletproof screen for a soldier.
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French mantelet, diminutive of mantel ‘mantle’.
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