mantua[man′tyo̵̅o̅ ə, -to̵̅o̅ ə]
mantua definition by Webster's New World
a mantle or loose gown or cloak formerly worn by women
Origin: altered (after Mantua) ; from French manteau ; from Old French mantel, mantle
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- Mantuan adjective, noun
mantua definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A woman's garment of the 17th and 18th centuries 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: Alteration (influenced by Mantua) of manteau.
A city of northern Italy south-southwest of Verona. Originally an Etruscan settlement, it was ceded to Austria in 1714 and was finally returned to Italy in 1866. Population: 47,800.
- Manˈtu·an adjective & n.