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  • noun
    plural mantles
    [count] a loose piece of clothing without sleeves that was worn over other clothes especially in the past :cloak
    literary :something that covers or surrounds something else - + of
    formal :the position of someone who has responsibility or authority
    He took on the mantle of director. [=he took on the job of being the director]
    technical :the middle layer of the Earth that is between the top crust and the inner core
    mantles; mantled; mantling
    [+ obj] formal + literary :to cover or surround (something) - usually used as (be) mantled