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Examples of portmanteau in a Sentence
carried her possessions with her in an old portmanteau
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Chigga, a seventeen-year-old Internet star, was born and raised in Jakarta but is of Chinese descent, hence the portmanteau.
Baahubali hails from southern India's Tollywood, a portmanteau of the Telugu language and Hollywood.
There's the animated kind, called tentai (a portmanteau of tentacle and hentai, or Japanese erotic manga), which can feature sea creatures or aliens or robots or really anything else that could conceivably have slithering appendages.
Now, Blazé (a portmanteau that evokes both the garment and nonchalant French glamour) has an international cult of gamine followers, like Tania de Rothschild, Charlotte Casiraghi and Caroline de Maigret.
The two dominant Salvadoran gangs in L.A. were Barrio 18, named for the intersection of Eighteenth Street and Union Avenue, and Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, a portmanteau of Salvadoran slang meant to convey scrappiness and savagery.
Then on Saturday night, Gays for Trump is hosting its own portmanteau party at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, Maryland.
In the face of all the sturm und drang about a Brexit — that’s the too-cute portmanteau for a British exit –
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Did You Know?
In Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass, Alice asks Humpty Dumpty to explain words from the nonsense poem "Jabberwocky" and is told that slithy is "like a portmanteau-there are two meanings packed up into one word." Although slithy hasn't caught on (it's made up of slimy and lithe, according to Humpty Dumpty), another portmanteau invented by Carroll has in fact found a place in the language: chortle (supposedly from chuckle and snort). English includes other portmanteaus, too, such as brunch (breakfast and lunch) and dramedy (drama and comedy). Following Carroll's lead, English speakers have come to call these fairly common words by the not-so-common name for a type of traveling bag with two compartments. The technical (and simpler) term for such words is blend.
Synonymscarryall, carry-on, grip, handbag, holdall [chiefly British], traveling bag, suitcase, wallet
Related Wordsovernight bag (also overnight case), weekend bag (also weekend case), weekender; cosmetic case, traveling case; carpetbag, duffel bag, kit, kit bag; backpack, haversack, knapsack, packsack, rucksack; attaché, attaché case, briefcase, valise; baggage, bags, luggage
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