[ pawr-shuh, -shee-uh, pohr- ]


  1. the heroine of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, who, in one scene, disguises herself as a lawyer.
  2. a woman lawyer.
  3. a female given name.

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Example Sentences

Portia develops a passion for Eddie — with destructive consequences all around.

Could one reason behind the lack of excitement be that one of its main stars, Portia de Rossi, is practically unrecognizable?

Westminster is the Ellen DeGeneres to Fashion Week's Portia de Rossi, the Melissa Ethridge to its Elton John.

Portia was highly educated, Miranda the companion of her learned father, and Imogen sits up late at her book.

It was unfortunate, of course, Portia Graham hastily remarked, but well hope no more notices go astray.

Jerrys lips puckered as though about to emit a whistle when she heard Portia commission the two freshmen to the difficult task.

That is no simple undertaking, Portia Graham, Elaine reminded, her gentle face rather blank at the mission.

True to her word, Portia saw to it, the moment she reached the Hall, that every freshman in the house was notified of the meeting.





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