Definition of mozzetta in English:

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Pronunciation: /mōtˈsetə/ Pronunciation: /mōˈzetə/
(also mozetta)

noun (plural mozzettas or mozzette /-ˈsetā/ /-ˈzetā/)

A short cape with a hood, worn by the Pope, cardinals, and some other ecclesiastics in the Roman Catholic Church.
Example sentences
  • No other prelate wears elaborately embroidered stoles over the mozetta as a normal part of choir dress.
  • Boys and girls wear a long white tunic with a coloured mozzetta on top to distinguish the various groups.
  • The mozzetta is the same color as the cassock, and is usually worn only by cardinals and bishops.


Late 18th century: Italian, shortened form of almozzetta, from medieval Latin almucia 'amice' + the diminutive suffix -etta.

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Syllabification: moz·zet·ta

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