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

  • n. A short cape.
  • n. A mobile screen or shield formerly used to protect besieging soldiers.

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  • n. Alternative form of mantlet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A short cloak formerly worn by knights.
  • n. A short cloak or mantle worn by women.
  • n. A musket-proof shield of rope, wood, or metal, which is sometimes used for the protection of sappers or riflemen while attacking a fortress, or of gunners at embrasures; -- now commonly written mantlet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A short cloak or mantle.
  • n. A woman's garment, narrower than the mantle, and approaching the form of a tippet or broad scarf, worn over the shoulders.
  • n. Same as cointoise. See also lambrequin, 1 .
  • n. In gunnery, a shield to protect men serving guns in embrasures, casemates, or portholes from the bullets of sharpshooters.
  • n. A movable roof or screen used in sieges, etc., to protect the besiegers in their attacks. See cat-castle, vinea, sow, 4.
  • n. A movable shelter used in a hunting-field.
  • n. A flexible covering, usually of rope, drawn close round a gun when it is discharged.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. short cape worn by women
  • n. portable bulletproof shelter

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of mantel, mantle; see mantle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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