AskDefine | Define mantelet

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1 portable bulletproof shelter [syn: mantlet]
2 short cape worn by women [syn: mantilla]

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From Old French mantelet, diminutive of mantel ‘mantle’.




  1. A short sleeveless cloak or cape.
  2. A portable screen or other covering, especially as used to protect the approach of soldiers engaged in a siege.
    • 1819: They bring forward mantelets and pavisses, and the archers muster on the skirts of the wood like a dark cloud before a hailstorm. — Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
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