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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
A kind of loose gown or mantle; specifically = "mantua".
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Rawlins (c1620–1670), engraver, medallist, and playwright. From manteau, probably with the ending assimilated to the diminutive suffix -y; compare mantua.
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