- the heroine of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, who, in one scene, disguises herself as a lawyer.
- a woman lawyer.
- a female given name.
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Contemporary Examples of portia
Could one reason behind the lack of excitement be that one of its main stars, Portia de Rossi, is practically unrecognizable?Portia de Rossi’s New Look Spooks ‘Arrested Development’ Fans
May 29, 2013
Westminster is the Ellen DeGeneres to Fashion Week's Portia de Rossi, the Melissa Ethridge to its Elton John.Hot Dogs!
February 16, 2010
Historical Examples of portia
"I mean it," he said, and he quoted the lines about Portia's sunny locks.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Cyrus drives home the conscience of indebtedness la Portia v. Shylock.Cyropaedia
Put the caskets before me, Portia; I shall not be less wise than Bassanio.The Lure of the Mask
Not for all the ducats in Belmont will I call Portia a learned judge again.Betty Wales Senior
This selection is part of Portia's reply to Shylock's question.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature
Ontario Ministry of Education