- a city in E Lombardy, in N Italy: birthplace of Vergil.
Examples from the Web for mantuan
Historical Examples of mantuan
To the Reader, prefixed to translation of Eclogues of Mantuan, 1567.Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
According to him, Sordello was a Mantuan of noble family, born at Goito at the close of the twelfth century.An Introduction to the Study of Browning
Gerber announces the same of the Mantuan, Shevioni, who worked about the same time apparently in Verona.The Violoncello and Its History
Wilhelm Joseph von Wasielewski
The celebrated composer of frottole, Bartolomeo Tromboncino, was for some time in the service of the Mantuan court.
The Orpheus of Poliziano was doubtless a striking figure in the minds of the Mantuan audience of 1484.
- a loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries, worn open in front to show the underskirt
Word Origin for mantua
- a city in N Italy, in E Lombardy, surrounded by lakes: birthplace of Virgil. Pop: 47 790 (2001)Italian name: 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."