Por·​tu·​guese | \ ˈpȯr-chə-ˌgēz How to pronounce Portuguese (audio) , -ˌgēs; ˌpȯr-chə-ˈgēz, -ˈgēs How to pronounce Portuguese (audio) \
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Definition of Portuguese

1a : a native or inhabitant of Portugal
b : one who is of Portuguese descent
2 : the Romance language of Portugal and Brazil

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Other Words from Portuguese

Portuguese adjective

Examples of Portuguese in a Sentence

She is teaching her son Portuguese. the customs of the Portuguese

First Known Use of Portuguese

1534, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Portuguese

Portuguese português, adjective & noun, from Portugal

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The first known use of Portuguese was in 1534

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“Portuguese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Portuguese. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce Portuguese (audio) How to pronounce Portuguese (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Portuguese

: the language spoken in Portugal and Brazil
: the people of Portugal : Portuguese people


Por·​tu·​guese | \ ˈpȯr-chə-ˌgēz How to pronounce Portuguese (audio) \

Kids Definition of Portuguese

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to Portugal, its people, or the Portuguese language


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Kids Definition of Portuguese (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a person born or living in Portugal
2 : the language of Portugal and Brazil

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