[pawr-trey-uh l, pohr-]


the act of portraying.
a portrait.

Origin of portrayal

First recorded in 1840–50; portray + -al2
Related formsmis·por·tray·al, nounnon·por·tray·al, nounpre·por·tray·al, noun
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Word Origin and History for portrayal

1834, from portray + -al (2). The idea formerly was expressed by portray (n.), 1610s.

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