mantle - definition and synonyms

noun 

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/ˈmænt(ə)l/
singularmantle
pluralmantles
  1. 1
    [singular] the authority or responsibility connected with someone’s position, duties, or beliefs
    take on/assume the mantle of someone/something:

    Edwards took on the mantle of team captain this year.

  2. 2
    [countable] mainly literary something that covers, hides, or surrounds something else

    a mantle of snow/mist

  3. 3
    [countable] a glass cover that you put over a flame to make a bright light
  4. 4
    [countable] a piece of clothing similar to a coat but without sleeves, worn mainly in the past
  5. 5
    [singular] science the part of the Earth that is deep below the surface and surrounds the core (=centre)