man·​tel·​let·​ta | \ ˌmantᵊlˈetə \
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Definition of mantelletta

: a knee-length outer garment that is sleeveless but has armholes, is open in the front but fastened at the neck, and is worn by cardinals, bishops, and other high prelates of the Roman Catholic Church

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History and Etymology for mantelletta

Italian, probably modification of Medieval Latin mantelletum, diminutive of Latin mantellum cloak, mantle

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“Mantelletta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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