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Portia

[pawr-shuh, -shee-uh, pohr-]
noun
  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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  • "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

    Xenophon

  • Put the caskets before me, Portia; I shall not be less wise than Bassanio.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Not for all the ducats in Belmont will I call Portia a learned judge again.

    Betty Wales Senior

    Margaret Warde

  • This selection is part of Portia's reply to Shylock's question.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature

    Ontario Ministry of Education