Definitions

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

  • n. A woman's garment of the 17th and 18th centuries 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries

Etymologies

Alteration (influenced by Mantua ) of manteau.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French manteuil (Wiktionary)

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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The female being more weak, became still more disgusting and frightful in her old age; and, in short, without tailors, and mantua-makers, one-half of mankind would never have dared to show itself to the other.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Mrs Chick made this impressive observation in the drawing – room, after having descended thither from the inspection of the mantua – makers upstairs, who were busy on the family mourning.

    Dombey and Son

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