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.
- 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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