Portuguese

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noun Por·tu·guese \ˈpȯr-chə-ˌgēz, -ˌgēs; ˌpȯr-chə-ˈ\

Definition of Portuguese

plural

Portuguese

  1. 1a :  a native or inhabitant of Portugalb :  one who is of Portuguese descent

  2. 2 :  the Romance language of Portugal and Brazil

Portuguese

adjective

Examples of portuguese in a sentence

  1. She is teaching her son Portuguese.

  2. the customs of the Portuguese

Origin and Etymology of portuguese

Portuguese português, adjective & noun, from Portugal


First Known Use: 1534



PORTUGUESE Defined for English Language Learners

Portuguese

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noun Por·tu·guese \ˈpȯr-chə-ˌgēz, -ˌgēs; ˌpȯr-chə-ˈ\

Definition of Portuguese for English Language Learners

  • : the language spoken in Portugal and Brazil

  • the Portuguese : the people of Portugal : Portuguese people



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