Meaning of “mantle” in the English Dictionary

"mantle" in British English

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uk /ˈmæn.təl/ us /ˈmæn.t̬əl/

(Definition of “mantle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mantle" in American English

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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 smaller part 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)