- 1. a loose sleeveless cloak or shawl, worn especially by women: "she was wrapped tightly in her mantle"
- 2. an important role or responsibility that passes from one person to another: "the second son has now assumed his father's mantle"
- 1. clothe in or as if in a mantle; cloak or envelop: literary "heavy mists mantled the forested slopes"
- 2. (of a bird of prey on the ground or on a perch) spread the wings and tail so as to cover captured prey: "the female Goshawk is feeding while mantling with spread wings over her prey"