from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An outer garment worn by Maltese women, usually made of silk. See the extracts.


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  • We are all aware of the value of a costume, such as the dress of the Pompadour era: the Swiss peasant's bodice, the Normandy cap, the _faldetta_ of the Maltese, the Hungarian national dress, the early English, the Puritan square-cut, the Spanish mantilla, the

    Manners and Social Usages

  • On our return, we found the streets thronged; braziers with roasted chestnuts stood at every corner; strings of mules, loaded with wine casks suspended on each side, were returning from the vineyards; and there was a gay promenade on the Corso — ladies with no covering for their heads but the graceful black _faldetta_, French officers in not very brilliant uniforms, and a sprinkling of ecclesiastics in _soutanes_ and prodigious beavers.

    Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia with Notices of their History, Antiquities, and Present Condition.

  • There were, however, sentries on duty, and a few seamen belonging to men of war; or merchantmen of various nations would pass by; and here and there a cowled priest, a woman in the dark faldetta, a ragged beggar boy -- or an old gentleman in three-cornered hat, a bag-wig, riding on a donkey, with

    The Pirate of the Mediterranean A Tale of the Sea


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  • "There were few people in the church and those few could hardly be seen except when they moved past the candles in the side-chapels, most of them being women, whose black, tent-like faldettas merged with the shadows..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, Treason's Harbour, 57

    A Sea of Words: A cape with a hood worn by women in Malta. (193)

    February 15, 2008

  • Apparently also known as a għonnella.

    February 15, 2008