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portmanteau

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noun port·man·teau \pȯrt-ˈman-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of portmanteau

plural port·man·teaus or port·man·teauxplay \-(ˌ)tōz\

  1. 1 :  a large suitcase

  2. 2 :  a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog)



Examples of portmanteau

  1. <carried her possessions with her in an old portmanteau>



Origin of portmanteau

Middle French portemanteau, from porter to carry + manteau mantle, from Latin mantellum — more at port


First Known Use: 1579

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portmanteau

adjective port·man·teau

Definition of portmanteau

  1. 1 :  combining more than one use or quality

  2. 2 :  being a portmanteau <a portmanteau word>



1909

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1909

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