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A 17th century picture of a woman wearing a mantua
From French manteuil
mantua (plural mantuas)
- An article of loose clothing popular in 17th- and 18th century France.
- (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?)
- (obsolete) A woman's cloak or mantle.
- (obsolete) A woman's gown.