Definition of mantlet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmantlɪt/
(also mantelet)


1 historical A woman’s short, loose sleeveless cloak or shawl.
2A bulletproof screen on a military vehicle.
Example sentences
  • There are numerous differences between early production T - 54 vehicles and later models with some having a wider mantlet and turret undercut at the rear.
  • The TK 105 and TML 105 turrets use a mantlet sight, which is firmly linked to the movements of the gun for firing accuracy.
2.1 historical A movable shelter or screen used to protect soldiers.
Example sentences
  • He knew how to cut off water to besieged fortifications, and how to construct bridges, mantlets, scaling ladders, and other instruments.


Late Middle English: from Old French mantelet, diminutive of mantel 'mantle'.

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