Definition of mantilla in US English:



  • A lace or silk scarf worn by women over the hair and shoulders, especially in Spain.

    • ‘She looks out at the viewer, and the detailing of the mantilla has been embroidered onto the postcard's surface.’
    • ‘Suddenly, to his side comes what appears to be a Spanish queen in mantilla and lace.’
    • ‘The lead illustration for his article is a page layout of five postcards of female Spanish singers, each wearing a mantilla and pridefully posing for the camera.’
    • ‘‘The Prado,’ wrote Manet, ‘a charming promenade filled with pretty women all wearing mantillas, makes a striking impression.’’
    • ‘She is also wearing a black mantilla around her shoulders while her ear-drops are translucent and glowing.’
    • ‘And in the low dark burrow of a shop where a woman sold Spanish soap and powder and perfume, and also black lace mantillas, my mother bought me the little box-box containing the horn rosary of the Infant Jesus of Prague.’
    • ‘And I could almost see Katrina nodding sadly, her long, black hair rippling with her movement like a black mantilla.’
    • ‘One day, she might appear in the character of a devout young mother, peeping shyly from a giant mantilla as she explains the importance of the Virgin Mary.’
    • ‘His hair is tied back into a mantilla more customarily worn by the women of the singer's native land.’
    • ‘One of the prides of the Barcelona museum is the rather conventional portrait of his first wife Olga in a mantilla.’
    • ‘As if all this were not enough, she also works with tulle, making all kinds of parasols and mantilla decorations for figurine heads and busts.’
    • ‘There were clusters of women in lace mantillas, and one or two solitary old men.’
    • ‘Turbans, fezzes, yarmulkes and black lace veils, or mantillas, joined the zucchettos or skull caps of Catholic prelates on the basilica's steps in an extraordinary mix of religious and government leaders from around the world.’
    • ‘Goya does it with contrapposto, his señorita swivelling in her black lace mantilla, hand to waist, her eye caught by something outside the painting.’
    • ‘They make delightful reading during those periods when Senorita Meller is changing mantillas, and, in case she should run out of songs before she runs out of mantillas, we offer a few new synopses for her repertoire.’
    • ‘The short, black, lace-edged mantilla is somewhat unusual in that seventeenth-century Spanish women were rarely portrayed with a veil, and those few representations that exist usually show a plain material.’
    • ‘The moment that she accedes to her husband, donning the native mantilla of the island to sing the Habañera, he collapses from the lethal results of his mendacity.’
    • ‘All the other really posh women wore mantillas.’


Spanish, diminutive of manta ‘mantle’.