mantuan

Mantua

[man-choo-uh]
noun
a city in E Lombardy, in N Italy: birthplace of Vergil.
Italian Mantova [mahn-taw-vah] .

Mantuan, adjective, noun
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mantua (ˈmæntjʊə)
 
n
a loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries, worn open in front to show the underskirt
 
[C17: changed from manteau, through the influence of Mantua]

Mantua (ˈmæntjʊə)
 
n
Italian name: Mantova a city in N Italy, in E Lombardy, surrounded by lakes: birthplace of Virgil. Pop: 47 790 (2001)

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mantua
"loose gown worn by women 17c.-18c.," 1678, from Fr. manteau "cloak, mantle," from O.Fr. mantel (see mantle); form infl. in Eng. by Mantua, name of a city in Italy. Mantua-maker (1694) became the general early 19c. term for "dressmaker."
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