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See also: Mantua, Mântua, and Mantüa


A 17th century picture of a woman wearing a mantua


From French manteau.


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.
    • 1882, S. William Beck, The Draper's Dictionary
      Anderson mentions black and coloured mantuas amongst other silks introduced here by the French immigrants of 1685. [] Mantuas are also included in a list of silks advertised for sale in the British Chronicle of 1763 []
  3. (obsolete) A woman's cloak or mantle.
  4. (obsolete) A woman's gown.