mantua[man′tyo̵̅o̅ ə, -to̵̅o̅ ə]
a mantle or loose gown or cloak formerly worn by women
Origin of mantuaaltered (after Mantua) ; from French manteau ; from Old French mantel, mantle
A woman's garment of the 1600s and 1700s consisting of a bodice and full skirt cut from a single length of fabric, with the skirt designed to part in front to reveal a contrasting underskirt.
Origin of mantuaAlteration (influenced by Mantua) of manteau.
A city of northern Italy south-southwest of Verona. Originally an Etruscan settlement, it is noted as the birthplace of the Roman poet Virgil (70 BC).
From French manteuil
From Latin Mantua.