mantua

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English[edit]

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A 17th century picture of a woman wearing a mantua

Etymology[edit]

From French manteuil

Noun[edit]

mantua (plural mantuas)

  1. An article of loose clothing popular in 17th- and 18th century France.
  2. (obsolete) A superior kind of rich silk formerly exported from Mantua in Italy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beck (Draper's Dict.) to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) A woman's cloak or mantle.
  4. (obsolete) A woman's gown.