Borrowed from Italian mantelletta, from mantello (“cloak, mantle”) + -etta (from -etto (“suffix forming a diminutive of a noun”)), probably from Late Latin mantelletum (“a short, sleeveless cape or cloak; a mantlet”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /mantəˈlɛtə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌmæn(t)əˈlɛtə/, /-ɾə/
- Rhymes: -ɛtə
- Hyphenation: man‧tel‧let‧ta
mantelletta (plural mantellettas)
- (Roman Catholicism) A sleeveless, knee-length vestment open at the front which is worn by Roman Catholic prelates.
- 1850 August 31, “Historical Memoirs of Cardinal Pacca, Prime Minister to Pius VII. Written by Himself. Translated from the Italian, by Sir George Head. 2 vols. Longman & Co.”, in The Athenæum: Journal of English and Foreign Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts, number 1192, London: Printed by James Holmes, Took's Court, Chancery Lane; published at the Office, 14 Wellington Street North, Strand, by J. Francis, OCLC 929395567, page 921, column 2:
- We were without comestibles, and we had no garments except those we wore, not even a shirt, and the habits, such as they were, were most inconvenient for travelling; for the Pope [Pius VII] wore his mozzetta and stola, and I [Bartolomeo Pacca] the rocchetto and mozzetta, together with the mantelletta.
- 1912, “The Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church”, in Herman Joseph Heuser, editor, The Ecclesiastical Review: A Monthly Publication for the Clergy, volume XLVI, Philadelphia, Pa.: American Ecclesiastical Review, ISSN 0271-6836, OCLC 718545999, page 145:
- In Rome the cardinals wear the mozzetta over the mantelletta, except in their titular churches, when it is worn immediately over the rochet.
- 2015, Philipp Zitzlsperger, “A Change in Forms and the Migration of Bodies in Rome – From the Cardinal’s Tomb to the Cenotaph”, in Tarald Rasmussen and Jon Øygarden Flæten, editors, Preparing for Death, Remembering the Dead, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, →ISBN, page 84:
- In the presence of the Pope and within the Archbishopric of Rome, the cardinals and the bishops had to conceal the rochet beneath a so-called mantelletta, a knee-length coat, which was open at the front.
mantelletta f (plural mantellette)