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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.]
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]
man•tel•et(ˈmæn tlˌɛt, ˈmænt lɪt)
1. a short mantle.
2. a movable shelter formerly used to shield attackers in a siege.