man·​tel·​et | \ ˈmant-lət How to pronounce mantelet (audio) , ˈman-tᵊl-ət, ˌman-tə-ˈlet \

Definition of mantelet

1 : a very short cape or cloak
2 or mantlet \ ˈmant-​lət How to pronounce mantlet (audio) \ : a movable shelter formerly used by besiegers as a protection when attacking

First Known Use of mantelet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mantelet

Middle English, from Anglo-French, diminutive of mantel

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“Mantelet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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