a city in E Lombardy, in N Italy: birthplace of Vergil.

Italian Man·to·va [mahn-taw-vah] /ˈmɑn tɔ vɑ/.
Related formsMan·tu·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mantova

  • I was actually with Jhumpa and Mohsin Hamid in Mantova a few weeks back, discussing this very topic over pumpkin ravioli.

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British Dictionary definitions for mantova



the Italian name for Mantua



a loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries, worn open in front to show the underskirt

Word Origin for mantua

C17: changed from manteau, through the influence of Mantua



a city in N Italy, in E Lombardy, surrounded by lakes: birthplace of Virgil. Pop: 47 790 (2001)Italian name: Mantova
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Word Origin and History for mantova



loose gown worn by women 17c.-18c., 1670s, from French manteau "cloak, mantle," from Old French mantel (see mantle); form influenced in English by Mantua, name of a city in Italy. Mantua-maker (1690s) became the general early 19c. term for "dressmaker."

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