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Examples of portmanteau in a Sentence
carried her possessions with her in an old portmanteau
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The show takes place on the Florida Panhandle, which stretches out to Alabama – hence the portmanteau name.
To sell its changes to a dubious French public, Mr. Macron’s administration has even imported a term coined in Denmark: flexicurity, a portmanteau of flexibility and security.
An outfit called VirZOOM—a caps lock-friendly portmanteau with origins that will become apparent shortly—manufactures a family of gadgets designed to integrate virtual reality gaming into one's use of an exercise bike.
Tyra Banks is a woman of many jobs: An iconic supermodel known for her charismatic walk and for coining the portmanteau smize.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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