[pawr-trey-uh l, pohr-]


the act of portraying.
a portrait.

Nearby words

  1. portrait of a lady, the,
  2. portrait of the artist as a young man,
  3. portraitist,
  4. portraiture,
  5. portray,
  6. portress,
  7. portside,
  8. portsider,
  9. portsmouth,
  10. portugal

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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