Definition of manta
1 : a square piece of cloth or blanket used in southwestern U.S. and Latin America usually as a cloak or shawl
2 [American Spanish, from Spanish; from its shape] : manta ray
Examples of manta in a Sentence
a manta glided along the sea bottom
Recent Examples of manta from the Web
The City of Meriens follows the form and function of a manta ray.
A slick computer rendering of a sci-fi-looking building in the desert—roughly the shape of a manta ray—
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Origin and Etymology of manta
Spanish, alteration of manto cloak, from Late Latin mantus, probably back-formation from Latin mantellum mantle
First Known Use: 1697
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