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1 the cloak as a symbol of authority; "place the mantle of authority on younger shoulders"
2 United States baseball player (1931-1997) [syn: Mickey Mantle, Mickey Charles Mantle]
3 the layer of the earth between the crust and the core
4 anything that covers; "there was a blanket of snow" [syn: blanket]
5 (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell [syn: pallium]
6 shelf that projects from wall above fireplace; "in England they call a mantel a chimneypiece" [syn: mantel, mantelpiece, mantlepiece, chimneypiece]
7 hanging cloth used as a blind (especially for a window) [syn: curtain, drape, drapery, pall]
8 a sleeveless garment like a cloak but shorter [syn: cape]


1 spread over a surface, like a mantle
2 cover like a mantle; "The ivy mantles the building"

User Contributed Dictionary



Via etyl enm and etyl fro, from etyl la mantēlum



  1. a piece of clothing somewhat like an open robe or cloak, especially that worn by Orthodox bishops
  2. anything that covers or conceals something else
  3. the zone of hot gases around a flame; the gauzy incandescent covering of a gas lamp
  4. the cerebral cortex
  5. the layer between the Earth's core and crust
  6. the body wall of a mollusc/mollusk
  7. alternative spelling of mantel, fireplace shelf.
  8. The top of a woman's torso, from her shoulders to her breasts

Derived terms


clothing like a cloak
figurative: anything that covers or conceals something else
incandescent gauze in a gas lamp
anatomy: cerebral cortex
geology: layer of the Earth
zoology: body wall of a mollusc
sense mantel See mantel


  1. To cover or conceal (something).
  2. To become covered or concealed.

Extensive Definition

The term mantle could refer to:
  • A mantle is a piece of clothing, similar to a robe but sleeveless and often open in the front, worn as an outer covering.
All other meanings of the word derive from this one.
  • Mantle (vesture) (Mandyas) is an Eastern Orthodox vesture worn by monastics and higher clergy.
  • Mantle (geology) is a layer in the interior of Earth or another planet. Inside the Earth, Mantle is sandwiched between the crust in the top and the core in the bottom.
  • A mantle (mollusc) is an organ possessed by mollusks which is used to secrete their shells.
  • Gas mantle is a device used in lanterns, gas and kerosene lamps to produce a bright light.
  • A mantle (also mantel, fireplace mantel, mantelpiece) is the stone or wood beam that serves as a support for the structure above a fireplace.
  • A mantle (climbing) is a rock climbing move. It is used to surmount a ledge or feature in the rock in the absence of any useful holds directly above.
  • Mickey Mantle was an American baseball player.
  • The Mantle is an album by Agalloch.
  • In heraldry, mantling is drapery that is tied to the helmet above the shield.

See also

mantle in German: Mantel (Begriffsklärung)
mantle in French: Manteau
mantle in Lithuanian: Mantija (reikšmės)
mantle in Russian: Мантия (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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