Definition of mantle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmæntl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæntl//
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  1. 1[singular] the mantle of somebody/something (literary) the role and responsibilities of an important person or job, especially when they are passed on from one person to another The vice-president must now take on the mantle of supreme power. She will soon inherit her father’s mantle.
  2. 2[countable] (literary) a layer of something that covers a surface hills with a mantle of snow a grey mantle of mist shrouding the slopes
  3. 3 [countable] a loose piece of clothing without sleeves, worn over other clothes, especially in the past synonym cloak, covering
  4. 4(also gas mantle) [countable] a cover around the flame of a gas lamp that becomes very bright when it is heated
  5. 5 [singular] (geology) the part of the earth below the crust and surrounding the core
  6. Word OriginOld English mentel, from Latin mantellum ‘cloak’; reinforced in Middle English by Old French mantel.
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