noun man·tle \ˈman-təl\

: 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

a :  a loose sleeveless garment worn over other clothes :  cloak
b :  a figurative cloak symbolizing preeminence or authority <accepted the mantle of leadership>
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
:  the upper back of a bird
:  a lacy hood or sheath of some refractory material that gives light by incandescence when placed over a flame
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
:  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



: to cover or surround (something)

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

Full Definition of MANTLE

transitive verb
:  to cover with or as if with a mantle :  cloak <the encroaching jungle growth that mantled the building — Sanka Knox>
intransitive verb
:  to become covered with a coating
:  to spread over a surface
:  blush <her rich face mantling with emotion — Benjamin Disraeli>

Examples of MANTLE

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

First Known Use of MANTLE

13th century


biographical name Man·tle \ˈman-təl\

Definition of MANTLE

Mickey (Charles) 1931–1995 Am. baseball player


noun man·tle \ˈman-təl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MANTLE

:  something that covers, enfolds, or envelops


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