moz·​zet·​ta mōt-ˈse-tə How to pronounce mozzetta (audio)
: a short cape with a small ornamental hood worn over the rochet by Roman Catholic prelates

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The German pope was often seen sporting the red or white mozzetta lined with ermine fur, along with his scarlet leather loafers, earning him the title of Best Accessorizer of the Year by Esquire magazine in 2007. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Italian, probably from mozzo cut off

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mozzetta was in 1774

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“Mozzetta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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