Meaning of manchette in English:


Pronunciation /mɒ̃ˈʃɛt/


(also manschette)
  • 1An ornamental trimming round the lower part of a sleeve. Also: a ruffle (of hair, etc.) of similar appearance. Now chiefly historical.

  • 2Biology
    A sheath of microtubules which surrounds and extends tailwards from the nucleus of developing spermatids.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Court Magazine. From French manchette double cuff, oversleeve from manche sleeve + -ette.