Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A woman's garment of the 1600s and 1700s consisting of a bodice and full skirt cut from a single length of fabric, with the skirt designed to part in front to reveal a contrasting underskirt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 1. A manteau; specifically, a woman's gown, especially one open in front, showing the petticoat and the lining of the mantua itself.
  • noun A loose cloak worn by women about 1850.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A superior kind of rich silk formerly exported from Mantua in Italy.
  • noun obsolete A woman's cloak or mantle; also, a woman's gown.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An article of loose clothing popular in 17th- and 18th century France.
  • noun obsolete A superior kind of rich silk formerly exported from Mantua in Italy.
  • noun obsolete A woman's cloak or mantle.
  • noun obsolete A woman's gown.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration (influenced by Mantua) of manteau.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French manteuil

Examples

  • Her gown, a plain English mantua-silk, manufactured in Spitalfields; her petticoat the same; her binding, a piece of chequered-stuff, made at

    The Complete English Tradesman (1839 ed.)

  • Nah, it's a "mantua", notice the seam lines all the way down the front.

    Diegogarcity, Fake Bolero Edition - A Dress A Day

  • Venetian "mantua," -- a sort of cloak which was just then returning into fashion.

    The Brotherhood of Consolation

  • The first was a large woman, dressed in an old-fashioned mantua robe of grey satin, a fur tippet, and with a lace cap tied under her chin.

    The Blackstone Key

  • The first was a large woman, dressed in an old-fashioned mantua robe of grey satin, a fur tippet, and with a lace cap tied under her chin.

    The Blackstone Key

  • George was ordering new jewels and crown and fussing over his Coronation dress, Carolyn had her mantua-maker attend both herself and Lady Hood and Lady Anne

    Framing Romantic Dress: Mary Robinson, Princess Caroline and the Sex/Text

  • Mrs. Mittin knew a mantua-maker who, to oblige her, would undertake this for a very small payment; and she promised to procure everything else that was necessary for the merest trifle.

    Camilla

  • The first was a large woman, dressed in an old-fashioned mantua robe of grey satin, a fur tippet, and with a lace cap tied under her chin.

    The Blackstone Key

  • She recommended that Mrs. Webbe, her former mantua-maker opposite Pall

    Framing Romantic Dress: Mary Robinson, Princess Caroline and the Sex/Text

  • It is judicious, however, at times, to endeavor to awaken conscience both in mantua-makers and in monarchs, by the inculcation of a morality calculated to make an impression upon both; but, in order to make this impression, it is necessary to preach better than modern preachers usually do, who seldom talk effectively to either.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

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