There are 2 main definitions of mantua in English:

mantua1

Line breaks: man¦tua
Pronunciation: /ˈmantjʊə
 
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noun

A woman’s loose gown of a kind fashionable during the 17th and 18th centuries.
More example sentences
  • Born George Waldron, near Dublin, the son of a silversmith and a mantua maker, he'd run away from grammar school at 16 (after he stabbed another schoolboy in a fight) and joined a bank of strolling players.
  • A woman originally wore a mantua as a robe when resting at home, but by the late 17th century it became fitted at her waist.
  • The princess wore a mantua and petticoat, white damask with the finest embroidery of rich embossed gold.

Origin

alteration of French manteau, influenced by Mantua.

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There are 2 main definitions of mantua in English:

Mantua2

Line breaks: Man¦tua
Pronunciation: /ˈmantjʊə
 
/
A town in Lombardy, northern Italy, on the River Mincio; population 48,357 (2008). Italian name Mantova /ˈmantova/.

Derivatives

Mantuan

noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • Musical theory was advocated as a part of Jewish studies by the Mantuan rabbi Juda Moscato At least four Jewish composers had their madrigals published between 1575 and 1628.
  • His most notable acquisitions include a jade flask belonging to Clive of India, and a newly rediscovered renaissance Mantuan roundel of Vulcan and Venus (both at Christies, London).
  • This usage dates only from about 1860, but the curious Mantuan gnocchi made from pumpkin are two or three centuries older than that.