portal

1 of 2

noun

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

portal

2 of 2

adjective

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

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
That group of constituents includes UCLA’s current players, who have 30 days to enter the transfer portal and seek shelter elsewhere. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024 Sayin quickly entered the transfer portal and chose to play at Ohio State. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 Required by law to open up the new online FAFSA portal by the end of 2023, the Education Department activated the half-finished portal for less than half an hour on the final two days of the year. Dylan Sloan, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Theia used the Harp and the Horn to open a portal to Hel, having learned that the planet had once overthrown the Asteri, and began plotting with one of its princes, Aidas. Megan McCluskey, TIME, 2 Feb. 2024 And to make sure city officials are doing the task, the measure calls for a public portal where residents can check up on its progress. Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Interest in Asian cuisines is on the rise, as immigration, culinary television shows, social media, and tourism increasingly open portals to the continent’s foodways. Megan Zhang, Saveur, 31 Jan. 2024 Where some see the next, innovative wave, others see a replacement technology that threatens livelihoods and opens portals to shortcuts around original academic products and creative output — not to mention further erosion of individual and group privacy. Nick Charles, Rolling Stone, 25 Jan. 2024 Minnesota has had a total of eight players from last year’s roster enter the portal and find their next programs. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Adjective

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of portal was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near portal

Cite this Entry

“Portal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portal. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

portal

noun
por·​tal
ˈpōrt-ᵊl,
ˈpȯrt-
1
: a large or imposing door or entrance
2
: a website serving as a guide or point of entry to the Internet
Etymology

Noun

Middle English portal "door, the structure around a door," from early French portal (same meaning), derived from Latin portalis (adjective) "of a gate," from porta "gate, passage" — related to port entry 2

Medical Definition

portal

1 of 2 noun
por·​tal ˈpȯrt-ᵊl How to pronounce portal (audio)
: a communicating part or area of an organism: as
b
: the point at which something enters the body
portals of infection

portal

2 of 2 adjective
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

Biographical Definition

Portal

biographical name

Por·​tal ˈpȯr-tᵊl How to pronounce Portal (audio)
Charles Frederick Algernon 1893–1971 1st Viscount Portal of Hungerford British air marshal

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