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A knee-length, sleeveless vestment worn by Roman Catholic prelates.

[Italian, probably from Medieval Latin mantellētum, diminutive of Latin mantellum, mantle.]
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(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a sleeveless knee-length vestment, worn by cardinals, bishops, etc
[Italian, from Old French mantelet or Medieval Latin mantelletum, diminutive of Latin mantellum mantle]
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He tells you exactly how wide a prelate's sash must be, and adds that its "stitching should not be obvious." He explicates the precise difference between a mantelletta and a mantellone, chiding ignorant (and perhaps vulgarly egalitarian?) hierarchs for not realizing that "the great cape known as the cappa magna has never been abolished."