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Mantua

[man-choo-uh] /ˈmæn tʃu ə/
noun
1.
a city in E Lombardy, in N Italy: birthplace of Vergil.
Italian Mantova
[mahn-taw-vah] /ˈmɑn tɔ vɑ/ (Show IPA)
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Related forms
Mantuan, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for mantuan

mantua

/ˈmæntjʊə/
noun
1.
a loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries, worn open in front to show the underskirt
Word Origin
C17: changed from manteau, through the influence of Mantua

Mantua

/ˈmæntjʊə/
noun
1.
a city in N Italy, in E Lombardy, surrounded by lakes: birthplace of Virgil. Pop: 47 790 (2001) Italian name Mantova
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Word Origin and History for mantuan

mantua

n.

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."

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