[ pawr-chuh-geez, -gees, pohr-; pawr-chuh-geez, -gees, pohr- ]
/ ˌpɔr tʃəˈgiz, -ˈgis, ˌpoʊr-; ˈpɔr tʃəˌgiz, -ˌgis, ˈpoʊr- /


of, relating to, or characteristic of Portugal, its inhabitants, or their language.

noun, plural Por·tu·guese.

a native or inhabitant of Portugal.
a Romance language spoken in Portugal, Brazil, and a few countries of Africa. Abbreviation: Pg, Pg.

Origin of Portuguese

1580–90; < Portuguese português, Spanish portugués; see Portugal, -ese


non-Por·tu·guese, adjective, noun, plural non·-Por·tu·guese.pro-Por·tu·guese, adjective, noun, plural pro·-Por·tu·guese.
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/ (ˌpɔːtjʊˈɡiːz) /


the official language of Portugal, its overseas territories, and Brazil: the native language of approximately 110 million people. It belongs to the Romance group of the Indo-European family and is derived from the Galician dialect of Vulgar Latin
plural -guese a native, citizen, or inhabitant of Portugal


relating to, denoting, or characteristic of Portugal, its inhabitants, or their language
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