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[pawr-chuh-geez, -gees, pohr-; pawr-chuh-geez, -gees, pohr-] /ˌpɔr tʃəˈgiz, -ˈgis, ˌpoʊr-; ˈpɔr tʃəˌgiz, -ˌgis, ˈpoʊr-/
of, relating to, or characteristic of Portugal, its inhabitants, or their language.
noun, plural Portuguese.
a native or inhabitant of Portugal.
a Romance language spoken in Portugal, Brazil, and a few countries of Africa.
Abbreviation: Pg, Pg.
Origin of Portuguese
1580-90; < Portuguese português, Spanish portugués; see Portugal, -ese
Related forms
non-Portuguese, adjective, noun, plural non-Portuguese.
pro-Portuguese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Portuguese. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Portuguese
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  • Spanish or Portuguese or English; it was always an unhappy ending for the Indians.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Our steward was a Portuguese negro, of the most vicious and surly temper.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The vessel was built of teak, and had been a frigate in the Portuguese service.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • I dined once with the Portuguese, and have given a brother of Tomasin's three fl.

    Albert Durer T. Sturge Moore
  • The interpreter, his countryman, called these Portuguese 'white gentlemen.'

British Dictionary definitions for Portuguese


the official language of Portugal, its overseas territories, and Brazil: the native language of approximately 110 million people. It belongs to the Romance group of the Indo-European family and is derived from the Galician dialect of Vulgar Latin
(pl) -guese. a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Portugal
relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Portugal, its inhabitants, or their language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Portuguese

1610s, the language, or a resident, of Portugal; 1660s as an adjective, from Portuguese Portuguez (see Portugal + -ese). The ending was vulgarly mistaken for a plural in English, and false singular Portugee (1830) was formed (cf. Chinee from Chinese). For Portuguese man-of-war, see man-of-war.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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