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