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A city of northern Italy south-southwest of Verona. Originally an Etruscan settlement, it is noted as the birthplace of the Roman poet Virgil (70 bc).
Man′tu·an adj. & n.
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.
[Alteration (influenced by Mantua) of manteau.]
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(Clothing & Fashion) a loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries, worn open in front to show the underskirt
[C17: changed from manteau, through the influence of Mantua]
(Placename) a city in N Italy, in E Lombardy, surrounded by lakes: birthplace of Virgil. Pop: 47 790 (2001). Italian name: Mantova
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man•tu•a(ˈmæn tʃu ə)
n., pl. -tu•as.
a woman's loose gown worn in the early 18th century.
[1670–80; alter. of French manteau coat]
Man•tu•a(ˈmæn tʃu ə)
a city in N Italy: birthplace of Virgil. 60,932. Italian, Man•to•va (ˈmɑn tɔ vɑ)
Man′tu•an, adj., n.
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