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[pawrt-luh nd, pohrt-]
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  1. a seaport in NW Oregon, at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
  2. a seaport in SW Maine, on Casco Bay.
  3. a town in S Texas.
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Examples from the Web for portland

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  • Portland bid us both be of good heart, and volunteered to take the rod from my hands.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Portland recorded the weight in a pocket-book, for he was a real-estate man.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Mr. Abbey was born in Portland, Connecticut, August 19th, 1818.

  • Where are the breakings out from Berwick to Portland which they foretold?

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Each generation of Americans has known something like that trip to Portland.

British Dictionary definitions for portland


  1. Isle of Portland a rugged limestone peninsula in SW England, in Dorset, connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus and by Chesil Bank: the lighthouse of Portland Bill lies at the S tip; famous for the quarrying of Portland stone, a fine building material
  2. an inland port in NW Oregon, on the Willamette River: the largest city in the state; shipbuilding and chemical industries. Pop: 538 544 (2003 est)
  3. a port in SW Maine, on Casco Bay: the largest city in the state; settled by the English in 1632, destroyed successively by French, Indian, and British attacks, and rebuilt; capital of Maine (1820–32). Pop: 63 635 (2003 est)


  1. 3rd Duke of. title of William Henry Cavendish Bentinck. 1738–1809, British statesman; prime minister (1783; 1807–09); father of Lord William Cavendish Bentinck
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Word Origin and History for portland


in Portland cement, 1720, named by its inventor, English mason Joseph Aspdin, from resemblance of the color to the stone of Portland peninsula on the coast of Dorsetshire. The place name is literally "land surrounding a harbor," Old English Portlanda. Portland, Maine, U.S.A., took its name 1786, for the place in England. Portland, Oregon, was said to have been named for the city in Maine, which won the honor by a coin toss over Boston.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

portland in Culture


Two major cities in the United States: the largest city in Oregon and the largest city in Maine.

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