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1portmanteau

noun port·man·teau \prt-ˈman-(ˌ)tō\

: a large suitcase that opens into two parts

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

Full Definition of PORTMANTEAU

1
:  a large suitcase
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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2portmanteau

adjective

Definition of PORTMANTEAU

1
:  combining more than one use or quality
2
:  being a portmanteau <a portmanteau word>

First Known Use of PORTMANTEAU

1909

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

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