One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A woman's loose gown of a kind fashionable during the 17th and 18th centuries.
- ‘Born George Waldron, near Dublin, the son of a silversmith and a mantua maker, he'd run away from grammar school at 16 (after he stabbed another schoolboy in a fight) and joined a bank of strolling players.’
- ‘The princess wore a mantua and petticoat, white damask with the finest embroidery of rich embossed gold.’
- ‘A woman originally wore a mantua as a robe when resting at home, but by the late 17th century it became fitted at her waist.’
Alteration of French manteau, influenced by Mantua.
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