Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A loose cloak or mantle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cloak or gown, especially of a kind popular with women in the 17th and 18th centuries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman's cloak or mantle.
  • n. A gown worn by women.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cloak or mantle.
  • n. Specifically A woman's cloak or outer garment; especially, a mantle open in front and displaying the skirt or petticoat.

Etymologies

French, from Old French mantel; see mantle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French manteau ("mantle"). Compare mantle. (Wiktionary)

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