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 (măn′tl-ĭt, mănt′lĭt)
1. A short cape.
2. also mant·let (mănt′lĭt) A mobile screen or shield formerly used to protect besieging soldiers.

[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of mantel, mantle; see mantle.]
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(ˈmæntəˌlɛt) or


1. (Clothing & Fashion) a woman's short mantle, often lace-trimmed, worn in the mid-19th century
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a portable bulletproof screen or shelter
[C14: from Old French, diminutive of mantel mantle]
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(ˈmæn tlˌɛt, ˈmænt lɪt)

1. a short mantle.
2. a movable shelter formerly used to shield attackers in a siege.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French; see mantle, -et]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mantelet - portable bulletproof sheltermantelet - portable bulletproof shelter  
shelter - a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
2.mantelet - short cape worn by womenmantelet - short cape worn by women    
cape, mantle - a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter
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They bring forward mantelets and pavisses,* and the archers muster on the
* Mantelets were temporary and movable defences formed
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