noun, plural port·man·teaus, port·man·teaux [pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-; pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-] /pɔrtˈmæn toʊz, -toʊ, poʊrt-; ˌpɔrt mænˈtoʊz, -ˈtoʊ, ˌpoʊrt-/. Chiefly British.
- portland cement,
- portmanteau morph,
- portmanteau word,
- porto alegre
Origin of portmanteau
Examples from the Web for portmanteau
And yet, they got over it and would go on to earn the portmanteau "Merkozy."Francois Hollande: France’s Anti-Sarkozy President|Tracy McNicoll|May 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Whichever way you look at it, the are-they-or-aren't-they couple earned the portmanteau Brittana and a lot of attention.
A portmanteau by way of the frontier, this term was given flight by Sarah Palin.
This longing for grimness actually has its own portmanteau word, ostalgie.
Miss Falkner went straight to her room, and put up a few things in a portmanteau.Jill's Red Bag|Amy Le Feuvre
His mind, occupied by this fear, let go the apprehension of a discovery of the mere act of handing in the portmanteau.
"Perhaps he is seeing to the packing of his portmanteau," said Miss Bridgeman.Mount Royal, Volume 3 of 3|Mary Elizabeth Braddon
As I stood upon the beach the next morning, while my portmanteau was being handed into the boat, I gave the Boots five zwanzigers.The Man who kept his Money in a Box|Anthony Trollope
James Wentworth lingered behind, and contrived to look at the portmanteau.Henry Dunbar|M. E. Braddon
noun plural -teaus or -teaux (-təʊz)
Word Origin for portmanteau
1580s, "traveling case or bag for clothes and other necessaries," from Middle French portemanteau "traveling bag," originally "court official who carried a prince's mantle" (1540s), from porte, imperative of porter "to carry" (see porter (n.1)) + manteau "cloak" (see mantle (n.)).
Portmanteau word "word blending the sound of two different words" (1882), coined by "Lewis Carroll" (Charles L. Dodgson, 1832-1898) for the sort of words he invented for "Jabberwocky," on notion of "two meanings packed up into one word." As a noun in this sense from 1872.