mantle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “mantle” in the English Dictionary

"mantle" in British English

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uk   /ˈmæ̩/  us   /-t̬l̩/

mantle noun (RESPONSIBILITY)

[S] formal the ​responsibilities of an ​importantposition or ​job, ​especially as given from the ​person who had the ​job to the ​person who ​replaces them: She ​unsuccessfullyattempted to assume the mantle of the ​presidency. He has been ​asked to take on the mantle of ​managingdirector in the New York ​office.

mantle noun (LAYER)

[C] literary a ​layer of something that ​covers a ​surface: A ​thick mantle ofsnowlay on the ​ground. We ​watched the ​buildingvanish under a mantle ofthicksmoke as the ​fireswiftlymoved through it. [C] specialized geology the ​part of the ​earth that ​surrounds the ​central core [C] in the past, a ​piece of ​clothing without ​sleeves that was ​worn over other ​clothes
(Definition of mantle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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 us   /ˈmæn·təl/

mantle noun (COVERING)

literature [C] a ​covering, or a ​layer of something that ​covers a ​surface: They ​escaped under the mantle of ​darkness.

mantle noun (EARTH)

earth science [U] the ​part of the ​earth that is below the ​surface and that ​surrounds the ​smallerpart in the ​center

mantle noun (POSITION)

[C usually sing] a ​position of ​authority or ​responsibility: He ​inherited the mantle of ​leadership at the Transit Authority in the early 1980s.
(Definition of mantle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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