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[man-choo-uh] /ˈmæn tʃu ə/

a city in E Lombardy, in N Italy: birthplace of Vergil.
a loose gown of the 17th and 18th centuries, worn open in front to show the underskirt
a city in N Italy, in E Lombardy, surrounded by lakes: birthplace of Virgil. Pop: 47 790 (2001) Italian name Mantova

loose gown worn by women 17c.-18c., 1670s, from French manteau “cloak, mantle,” from Old French mantel (see mantle); form influenced in English by Mantua, name of a city in Italy. Mantua-maker (1690s) became the general early 19c. term for “dressmaker.”


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