mandilion

noun

man·​dil·​ion
manˈdilyən
plural -s
: a loose outer garment of the 16th and 17th centuries: such as
a
: a soldier's cloak usually with hanging sleeves
b
: a servant's sleeveless garment similar to a tabard

Word History

Etymology

Middle French mandillon, diminutive of mandil cloak, from Old Spanish, towel, rag, horseblanket, apron, probably from Late Greek mandēlion, mandilion, mantēlion, mantilion towel, napkin, from Latin mantelium, alteration of mantelum, probably from manus hand + -telum (from tergēre to rub off, wipe off)

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“Mandilion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mandilion. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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