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noun man·tle \ˈman-təl\

Simple Definition of mantle

  • : a loose piece of clothing without sleeves that was worn over other clothes especially in the past

  • : something that covers or surrounds something else

  • : the position of someone who has responsibility or authority

Full Definition of mantle

  1. 1 a :  a loose sleeveless garment worn over other clothes :  cloak b :  a figurative cloak symbolizing preeminence or authority <accepted the mantle of leadership>

  2. 2 a :  something that covers, enfolds, or envelops b (1) :  a fold or lobe or pair of lobes of the body wall of a mollusk or brachiopod that in shell-bearing forms lines the shell and bears shell-secreting glands (2) :  the soft external body wall that lines the test or shell of a tunicate or barnacle c :  the outer wall and casing of a blast furnace above the hearth; broadly :  an insulated support or casing in which something is heated

  3. 3 :  the upper back of a bird

  4. 4 :  a lacy hood or sheath of some refractory material that gives light by incandescence when placed over a flame

  5. 5 a :  regolith b :  the part of the interior of a terrestrial planet and especially the earth that lies beneath the crust and above the central core

  6. 6 :  mantel

Examples of mantle

  1. She accepted the mantle of leadership.

  2. <a long black velvet mantle>

Origin of mantle

Middle English mantel, from Anglo-French, from Latin mantellum

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with mantle



verb man·tle

Simple Definition of mantle

  • : to cover or surround (something)

Full Definition of mantle

man·tledman·tling play \ˈmant-liŋ, ˈman-təl-iŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover with or as if with a mantle :  cloak <the encroaching jungle growth that mantled the building — Sanka Knox>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to become covered with a coating

  5. 2 :  to spread over a surface

  6. 3 :  blush <her rich face mantling with emotion — Benjamin Disraeli>

Examples of mantle

  1. <early-morning fog mantled the fields along the river>

13th Century

First Known Use of mantle

13th century


biographical name Man·tle \ˈman-təl\

Definition of Mantle

  1. Mickey (Charles) 1931–1995 Am. baseball player

MANTLE Defined for Kids


noun man·tle \ˈman-təl\

Definition of mantle

  1. 1 :  a loose sleeveless outer garment

  2. 2 :  something that covers or wraps <The town was covered with a mantle of snow.>

  3. 3 :  the part of the earth's interior beneath the crust and above the central core

  4. 4 :  a fold of the body wall of a mollusk that produces the shell material

Medical Dictionary


noun man·tle \ˈman-təl\

Medical Definition of mantle

  1. 1:  something that covers, enfolds, or envelops

  2. 2:  cerebral cortex

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