por·​tal | \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce portal (audio) \

Definition of portal

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : door, entrance especially : a grand or imposing one
2 : the whole architectural composition surrounding and including the doorways and porches of a church
3 : the approach or entrance to a bridge or tunnel
4 : a communicating part or area of an organism specifically : the point at which something (such as a pathogen) enters the body
5 : a website serving as a guide or point of entry to the World Wide Web and usually including a search engine or a collection of links to other sites arranged especially by topic



Definition of portal (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of or relating to the transverse fissure on the underside of the liver where most of the vessels enter
2 : of, relating to, or being a portal vein or a portal system portal circulation


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Definition of Portal (Entry 3 of 3)

Charles Frederick Algernon 1893–1971 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford British air marshal

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Synonyms for portal

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of portal in a Sentence

Noun a Web portal for baseball fans the main portal to the estate is an elaborate wrought iron gate on the side facing the road
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On New Year’s Eve, University Health opened an online portal for residents to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine. Laura Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio officials: Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine not available yet but they’re coming," 7 Jan. 2021 In Orange County, the department of health set up an online portal to make vaccination appointments, and 30,000 appointments were scheduled in the last 24 hours. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "How the effort to vaccinate the elderly is going in some states," 31 Dec. 2020 Another 14 have announced their intentions to find another place to play hockey by entering the NCAA transfer portal, which manages the transfer process and lets athletes declare their intentions to consider other schools. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "As the UAA hockey team fights for its life, 9 players transfer to other Division I schools, with more likely to follow," 30 Dec. 2020 Operation Fuel is now offering residents struggling to pay their energy bills a 24 hour a day, seven days a week online portal to apply for assistance. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Operation Fuel launches online portal for residents struggling with energy bills," 30 Dec. 2020 Johnson is the seventh Vols player to enter the portal in the last 22 days. Matt Zenitz | Mzenitz@al.com, al, "Top Tennessee pass rusher becomes latest Vol to enter transfer portal," 29 Dec. 2020 Entering the transfer portal is one step for players who wish to transfer. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Mookie Cooper, a top-100 prospect in the 2020 class, enters transfer portal," 23 Dec. 2020 Moore, a product of Bastrop High School in Louisiana, committed to ASU on Nov. 30, three weeks after entering the NCAA's transfer portal. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "ASU signs first transfer in LSU defensive end Travez Moore," 17 Dec. 2020 Wright was a four-year starter at Austin High, and after the decommitment of four-star Jalen Milroe and freshman Ja’Quinden Jackson’s decision to enter the transfer portal, the Longhorns were in need of a strong commit from the 2021 class. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Tom Herman says QB Charles Wright, CB Darion Dunn are more than just bodies at key positions," 16 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Youngstown, Ohio, native entered the portal Nov. 30 after he and fellow redshirt freshman linebacker Charles Willekes were suspended from the team following assault charges stemming from a Sept. 8 incident at an East Lansing fraternity house. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Former Michigan State football FB/TE Max Rosenthal transfers to Illinois," 13 Jan. 2021 Davis, who entered the transfer portal on Saturday, announced his commitment to Western Kentucky on Tuesday. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Former Oregon Ducks wide receiver/cornerback Daewood Davis commits to Western Kentucky," 5 Jan. 2021 Jones had his moments (389 yards, 5.8 average) before entering the transfer portal before the Potato Bowl. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Tulane football 2020: Grading the Green Wave position by position," 31 Dec. 2020 Northwestern will be without tailbacks Drake Anderson and Isaiah Bowser, who entered the transfer portal after the loss in the championship game. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Citrus Bowl: Northwestern, Auburn look to finish with a win," 31 Dec. 2020 Cyclones defensive lineman Latrell Bankston has entered the transfer portal. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos addresses Boise State rumors," 30 Dec. 2020 After entering the transfer portal when Steve Hawkins was fired as the Broncos coach in March, Johnson's final schools were Minnesota, Dayton and Cincinnati. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gophers' Brandon Johnson doing well in injury recovery, and his shooting shows it," 27 Dec. 2020 And quarterback Lance LeGendre has reportedly entered the transfer portal. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland linebacker Ayinde Eley enters transfer portal, joining list of departures," 25 Dec. 2020 In other college football news, former Ohio State commit Doug Nester, who signed with Virginia Tech, is entering the transfer portal according to 247Sports.com. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "National Signing Day 2021: Recap of the top news and notes about Ohio State and about college football," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of portal


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1754, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for portal


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin portale city gate, porch, from neuter of portalis of a gate, from Latin porta gate — more at port


New Latin porta transverse fissure of the liver, from Latin, gate

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18 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Portal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portal. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of portal

formal + literary : a large door or gate to a building (such as a church)
computers : a Web site that helps you find other sites


por·​tal | \ ˈpȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce portal (audio) \

Kids Definition of portal

: a large or fancy door or gate


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Medical Definition of portal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a communicating part or area of an organism: as
b : the point at which something enters the body portals of infection



Medical Definition of portal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the porta hepatis
2 : of, relating to, or being a portal vein or a portal system portal blood portal circulation

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