Man"tel*et (?), n. [F., dim. of manteau, OF. mantel. See Mantle.]
A short cloak formerly worn by knights.
A short cloak or mantle worn by women.
A mantelet upon his shoulders hanging.
A musket-proof shield of rope, wood, or metal, which is sometimes used for the protection of sappers or riflemen while attacking a fortress, or of gunners at embrasures; -- now commonly written mantlet.
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