from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A knee-length, sleeveless vestment worn by Roman Catholic prelates.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (R. C. Ch.) A silk or woolen vestment without sleeves worn by cardinals, bishops, abbots, and the prelates of the Roman court. It has a low collar, is fastened in front, and reaches almost to the knees.
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- noun A sleeveless, knee-length
vestmentworn by Roman Catholic prelates.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
The plates are handed to Him by prelates of _mantelletta_, and during the ceremony one of His chaplains reads a spiritual book.
Cardinals and bishops belonging to orders which have a distinctive dress, also abbots who are entitled to wear the mantelletta, retain for it the colour of the habit of the order.
If the canon be a bishop he should wear the rochet and mantelletta over his purple cassock.
Cardinals wear the mozzetta over the mantelletta, but bishops wear it without the mantelletta; the latter, however, may wear the mozzetta only within their own jurisdiction, outside of which the mantelletta must be worn instead of the mozzetta, Canons who have the privilege of wearing the mozzetta, may not use it outside of the church, save when the chapter appears in corpore (as a corporate body).
He can and must use the prelatial dress, as in the Roman Curia, to wit: rochet over the purple soutane with purple mantelletta, in his attendance in the cathedral, where he has precedence over all other canons and dignitaries, as to choir stall and functions.
The mantellone, the outer vestment of the prelates, differs from the mantelletta by being longer and having wing-like sleeves.
All the above-mentioned prelates are entitled to wear the mantelletta and rochet;
The mantelletta is probably connected with the mantellum of the cardinals in the "Ordo" of Gregory X (1271-1276) and with the mantellum of the prelates in the "Ordo" of Petrus Amelius (d. 1401), which was a vestment similar to a scapular.
He enjoys the same honorific privileges (with a few exceptions, viz. throne, cappa magna, mozzetta, and rochet worn without mantelletta, and crosier), pontifical ornaments, and titles, as does the diocesan.
"And," she wrote, "I cannot tell you what I felt when I put on the black dress and mantelletta and veil, which are _de rigueur_ when a lady is granted an audience with the Pope.