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 (măn′cho͞o-ə, -to͞o-ə)
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.


 (măn′cho͞o-ə, -to͞o-ə)
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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(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]


(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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Noun1.mantua - loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuriesmantua - loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries
gown - a woman's dress, usually with a close-fitting bodice and a long flared skirt, often worn on formal occasions
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[ˈmæntjʊə] nMantova
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Open thy Maeonian and thy Mantuan coffers, with whatever else includes thy philosophic, thy poetic, and thy historical treasures, whether with Greek or Roman characters thou hast chosen to inscribe the ponderous chests: give me a while that key to all thy treasures, which to thy Warburton thou hast entrusted.
"You would deal with them more harshly and cruelly than their owner himself," said Vivaldo, "for it is neither right nor proper to do the will of one who enjoins what is wholly unreasonable; it would not have been reasonable in Augustus Caesar had he permitted the directions left by the divine Mantuan in his will to be carried into effect.
The Aeneid makes Mantuans descendents from a son of Manto, Ocnus, perhaps in accordance with Manto's divination.
The Augustinian hermit Girolamo Redini, whom Francesco had sent to Rome in 1498 to report on the campaign for a cardinal's hat for his brother, Sigismondo Gonzaga, wrote that gossip and mischief-making by Mantuans at the papal court had ruined everything, including Francesco's reputation.
Of course diplomatic rhetoric must be viewed with scepticism; the Mantuan ambassador haggled subtly by suggesting that a suitably large dowry was entirely in the interest of the bride since it represented her own financial security.
The selections fall into four main groups, centered on: 1) educational institutions and their practical organization; 2) Mantua and Mantuans; 3) Venice and Venecians; and 4) therapeutic spas.
There are three Mantuans (Striggio, Pallavicino and Wert) and three who worked at the Duke of Bavaria's court (Lassus, Florio and G.
The other Mantuans who requested special notice tended to be Gonzaga family members looking to marry, join or found monastic orders, secure the rights to titles and land, or gain indulgences for the palatine church of Santa Barbara.
In 1576, the year after she married the aspiring architect Francesco da Volterra and moved to Rome, a Mantuan engraver named Diana (known in the twentieth century as Diana Scultori) produced a large, single-sheet engraving of an Ionic volute, richly decorated with a chain of stylized acanthus leaves and flowers, and a slightly abbreviated version of the egg-and-dart and bead-and-reel moldings that adorned the capital [ILLUSTRATION FOR FIGURE 1 OMITTED].
Not coincidentally, the students were Mantuans, to whom Venice extended certain immunities to retain the favor of the strategically located neighboring state.
"To Virgil: Written at the Request of the Mantuans for the Nineteenth Centenary of Virgil's Death." Works.
(It was printed in December 1589, after circulating for some years in manuscript form.) The Duke's persistence must have been motivated by a genuine interest in the play, but also by an ambition to promote the splendour of the Mantuan court.