man·​tua ˈman(t)-sh(ə-)wə How to pronounce mantua (audio)
: a usually loose-fitting gown worn especially in the 17th and 18th centuries

Examples of mantua in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In that room, curators have also displayed the widest Georgian gown known as a court mantua, which measures 9 feet across. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 29 Mar. 2023

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Word History


modification of French manteau mantle

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mantua was in 1678

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“Mantua.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Man·​tua ˈman-chə-wə How to pronounce Mantua (audio)
variants or Mantova
commune on the Mincio River west-southwest of Venice in the region of Lombardy, northern Italy population 47,969
ˈman-chə-wən How to pronounce Mantua (audio)
adjective or noun

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