• WordNet 3.6
    • n mantua loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mantua A superior kind of rich silk formerly exported from Mantua in Italy.
    • Mantua A woman's cloak or mantle; also, a woman's gown.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n mantua A manteau; specifically, a woman's gown, especially one open in front, showing the petticoat and the lining of the mantua itself.
    • n mantua A loose cloak worn by women about 1850.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mantua man′tū-a a lady's cloak or mantle: a lady's gown—(Scot.) Mant′y
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. arose through confusion of manteau (It. manto) with Mantua, in Italy.


In literature:

She has only a mantua-maker who waits for her at home.
"The Contrast" by Royall Tyler
It was purchased by Charles I. with the famous collection of the Duke of Mantua.
"Six Centuries of Painting" by Randall Davies
The poet of Mantua never led mortal to those dolorous regions.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
It was not all lace-mending, and mantua-making, and learning rules of arithmetic and French verbs.
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
Fournissons; the mantua-maker who had the pleasure of receiving Mrs. Laval's orders.
"The House in Town" by Susan Warner
He is raving as Romeo at Mantua might have raved about Juliet.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
Mantua was already lost.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Mantua, our neighbour, counts as the greatest fame which remains for her, that Virgil was a Mantuan!
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
In 1520 Correggio married Girolama Merlino, a young lady of Mantua, who brought him a good dowry.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
A meeting which he held at Mantua for the purpose had little effect.
"Sketches of Church History" by James Craigie Robertson

In poetry:

Upon the grass at Mantua
These London nights were all forgot.
They wake for me again: but ah,
The meadow-grass at Mantua!
"In The Meadows At Mantua" by Arthur Symons
We shall be happy. So will, too,
Both clerk, and priest, and mantua-maker;
My tailor--ah! a fellow true,
Will say "I'm proud to see you take her."
"To Lizzie" by James Avis Bartley
Ay, or to Varus that half-finished lay,
"Varus, thy name, so still our Mantua live-
Mantua to poor Cremona all too near-
Shall singing swans bear upward to the stars."
"Eclogue 9: Lycidas Moeris" by Publius Vergilius Maro
Ay, or to Varus that half-finished lay,
"Varus, thy name, so still our Mantua live-
Mantua to poor Cremona all too near-
Shall singing swans bear upward to the stars."
"Ecologue IX" by Virgil

In news:

The prospective groom is a son of Michael and Barbara Shilling of Mantua.
View full size File photo Glass artist Paul Stankard, of Mantua, gets to pontificate at Walt Whitman 's 193rd birthday party, Wednesday, May 30.
From Germantown to Mantua and Strawberry Mansion to South Philly, parents, students, and community members responded with shock and anger to Thursday's announcement that the Philadelphia School District planned to close 37 schools in June.
Woodcarved Art Gallery 's annual open house will be held from noon to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday at 2881 Frost Road, Mantua.
The view from the back porch of Glenn Rugel, on First Avenue by Mantua Creek in West Deptford, on Oct 30, 2012.
Fundraiser will be held from 5 to 10 pm Saturday at the Village Tavern in Mantua.
Joseph's Garden Club will host its 28th annual Christmas Boutique from 9:30 am to 4 pm Sunday at St Joseph's Hughes Hall, 11045 St Joseph Blvd in Mantua.
An 84-car train derailed Friday morning in Paulsboro and went into Mantua Creek releasing toxic chemicals into the air with area residents urged to stay indoors for a time.
Work crews used a 150-ton crane today to remove a tank car that was breached and leaked its toxic contents when it fell into Mantua Creek off a failed railroad bridge in Paulsboro Nov 30.
Second car to be lifted from Mantua Creek .
Second car to be lifted from Mantua Creek.
PAULSBORO — A 150-ton crane has begun to move one of the four rail cars that fell into Mantua Creek Nov 30 when a train derailed and the Jefferson Street Bridge collapsed.
The Mantua Historical Society met in October with a program titled "Did You Know.".
MANTUA Rita Marie Kieffer, 70 years of age, became Our Gift to God on Friday November 9, 2012 at Anna Maria of Aurora.
Last Saturday, Sgt Jeff Caponera says an officer stopped a vehicle driving northbound on 75 near Mantua Road.