portmanteau
I. noun (plural -teaus or portmanteaux) Etymology: Middle French portemanteau, from porter to carry + manteau mantle, from Latin mantellum — more at port Date: 1579 1. a large suitcase 2. a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms (as smog from smoke and fog) II. adjective Date: 1909 1. combining more than one use or quality 2. being a portmanteau <
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  • portmanteau — (n.) 1580s, traveling case or bag for clothes and other necessaries, from M.Fr. portemanteau traveling bag, originally court official who carried a prince s mantle (1540s), from porte, imperative of porter to carry (see PORTER (Cf. porter) (1)) + …   Etymology dictionary

  • portmanteau — ► NOUN (pl. portmanteaus or portmanteaux) 1) a large travelling bag made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts. 2) (before another noun ) consisting of two or more aspects or qualities: a portmanteau movie. ORIGIN French portemanteau …   English terms dictionary

  • Portmanteau — Port*man teau, n.; pl. {Portmanteaus}. [F. porte manteau; porter to carry + manteau a cloak, mantle. See {Port} to carry, and {Mantle}.] A bag or case, usually of leather, for carrying wearing apparel, etc., on journeys. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portmanteau — [pôrt man′tō, pôrt΄man tō′] n. pl. portmanteaus or portmanteaux [pôrt man′tōz, pôrt΄mantōz] [Fr portemanteau < porter, to carry + manteau, cloak: see PORT3 & MANTLE] a traveling case or bag; esp., a stiff leather suitcase that opens like a… …   English World dictionary

  • Portmanteau — For other uses of Portmanteau , see Portmanteau (disambiguation). A portmanteau ( i/pɔrt …   Wikipedia

  • portmanteau — 1. noun /pɔːtˈmæn.təʊ,pɔːrtˈmæntoʊ/ a) A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections. Rodolphus therefore finding such an earnest Invitation, embracd it with thanks, and with his Servant and Portmanteau,… …   Wiktionary

  • Portmanteau — Mit Portmanteau (auch: Portemanteau) werden in der Linguistik zwei zu unterscheidende Sachverhalte bezeichnet: 1. als Portmanteau Wort (Kofferwort, Kontamination) wird die teilweise Verschmelzung von Wörtern angesprochen, wie sie in Beispielen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • portmanteau — port|man|teau1 [ pɔrt mæntɔu ] noun count OLD FASHIONED a large suitcase consisting of two parts that fold together portmanteau port|man|teau 2 [ pɔrt mæntɔu ] adjective LINGUISTICS a portmanteau word is made by combining the sound and meaning of …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • portmanteau — 1 noun (C) old fashioned a very large suitcase that opens into two parts 2 adjective (only before noun) formal a portmanteau word is made by combining the sound and meaning of two other words: Edutainment is a portmanteau word meaning education… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • portmanteau — UK [pɔː(r)tˈmæntəʊ] / US [pɔrtˈmæntɔu] noun [countable] Word forms portmanteau : singular portmanteau plural portmanteaus or portmanteaux old fashioned a large suitcase consisting of two parts that fold together …   English dictionary

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