Definition of manteau in English:


Line breaks: man|teau
Pronunciation: /ˈmantəʊ


  • 1A loose gown or cloak worn by women in the 17th and 18th centuries.
  • 1.1A long, loose coat or overshirt worn by Muslim women.
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    • The latter disdain, in much larger numbers than any-where else but Tehran, the chador and appear in what might be called ‘sexy hejab, ‘a snug-fitting manteau, or housecoat, a scarf barely covering their hair and full makeup.’
    • Another time, I woke up very late in the morning and ran to school, forgetting to change my pajama pants which I thought would not be important anyway, as my manteau was really long and my pants couldn't be easily seen.
    • Cumming says she didn't find wearing the manteau and scarf oppressive.


late 17th century: from French; compare with mantua.

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