mandilion [man-dil-yuh n] Word Origin noun

  1. a short cloak, with full hanging sleeves, often open or slit under the arms, worn by soldiers in the 16th and 17th centuries.
  2. a similar garment without sleeves, worn by servants in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Origin of mandilion 1570–80; Middle French Italian mandiglione, augmentative of mandiglia Middle French mandil(le) ≪ Medieval Greek mandḗlion Latin mantēl(i)um hand towel, napkin

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