- 1. a lace or silk scarf worn by women over the hair and shoulders, especially in Spain.
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- A mantilla is a traditional Spanish and Latin American liturgical lace or silk veil or shawl worn over the head and shoulders, often over a high comb called a peineta, popular with women in Spain, as well as in Latin America. 
The Spanish mantilla is a covering for the head and shoulders of white or black lace or other material, the characteristic head-dress of women in southern and central Spain. Leaning on her arm was a slightly-built old lady with white ringlets, dressed all in black and wearing a lace mantilla. Escaping from her father she ran to hide her flushed face in the lace of her mother's mantilla --not paying the least attention to her severe remark--and began to laugh.
mantilla noun as in handkerchief a scarf worn on the head a beautiful Spanish lady with a lace mantilla Synonyms & Similar Words Relevance handkerchief kerchief babushka bandanna shawl bandana madras do-rag hankie hanky Thesaurus Entries Near mantilla mantelets mantilla mantillas See More Nearby Entries Cite this Entry Style “Mantilla.”
mantillas. DEFINITIONS 1. 1. a thin scarf that a woman wears over her hair and shoulders, especially in Spain. Synonyms and related words. +. Definition and synonyms of mantilla from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Education. This is the British English definition of mantilla.
f. pl. HISTORIA Regalo que hacía un príncipe a otro a quien le nacía un hijo. 6. estar algo en mantillas coloquial Estar muy al principio o poco adelantado un proyecto que está en mantillas. 7. estar alguien en mantillas coloquial Ignorar ciertas cosas estoy en mantillas sobre las mantemáticas de este curso.