Definition of mantua in English:


Pronunciation /ˈman(t)SHəwə/ /ˈmæn(t)ʃəwə/


  • A woman's loose gown of a kind fashionable during the 17th and 18th centuries.

    ‘Born near Dublin, the son of a silversmith and a mantua maker, he'd run away from grammar school at 16 and joined a bank of strolling players.’
    • ‘A woman originally wore a mantua as a robe when resting at home, but by the late 17th century it became fitted at her waist.’
    • ‘The princess wore a mantua and petticoat, white damask with the finest embroidery of rich embossed gold.’


Alteration of French manteau, influenced by Mantua.