Definition of mantua-making in English:

mantua-making

noun

historical, archaic
  • Originally: the making of mantuas. Later more generally: dressmaking.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Thomas Brown (bap. 1663, d. 1704), writer. From mantua + making.

Pronunciation

mantua-making

/ˈmantjʊəˌmeɪkɪŋ//ˈmantʃʊəˌmeɪkɪŋ/