man·​dil·​ion | \ manˈdilyən \
plural -s

Definition of mandilion

: 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

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History and Etymology for mandilion

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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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