- a woman's loose gown worn as a robe or overdress in the early 18th century.
- a mantle.
Origin of mantua
- a city in E Lombardy, in N Italy: birthplace of Vergil.
Examples from the Web for mantua
"I am going to ride to Mantua," rejoined Lorenzi impatiently.Casanova's Homecoming
The Marquis Gonzaga of Mantua, in all seriousness, writes to relate this.The Life of Cesare Borgia
"Oh, that the Duchess were returned from Mantua," she sighed.Love-at-Arms
I want to show it to some gentlemen who have come from the most reverend, the Cardinal of Mantua.Italy, the Magic Land
In Mantua the printer was a Jewish physician, who was helped by his wife.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
- a loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries, worn open in front to show the underskirt
- a city in N Italy, in E Lombardy, surrounded by lakes: birthplace of Virgil. Pop: 47 790 (2001)Italian name: Mantova
Word Origin and History for mantua
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."