- of, relating to, or characteristic of Portugal, its inhabitants, or their language.
- 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
Examples from the Web for portuguese
In 2008, the Portuguese police did clear the McCanns of any wrongdoing and closed the case.
In October 2013, the Portuguese police reopened the case in Portugal, paving the way for further investigations by Scotland Yard.
I still have the beautiful Portuguese wire cage that the love birds came in.Vogue Photographer Erwin Blumenfeld: Secrets of a Fashion Legend
September 14, 2014
The city was founded in 1471 as a base for Moroccans to fight off the invading Portuguese, who occupied the coastal areas.Morocco's Secret All-Blue City
August 28, 2014
The goal came off his tummy inside the Portuguese box, an apt way to score for a very gutsy player.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory
June 23, 2014
Spanish or Portuguese or English; it was always an unhappy ending for the Indians.The Trail Book
Our steward was a Portuguese negro, of the most vicious and surly temper.
The vessel was built of teak, and had been a frigate in the Portuguese service.
I dined once with the Portuguese, and have given a brother of Tomasin's three fl.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
The interpreter, his countryman, called these Portuguese 'white gentlemen.'The History of the First West India Regiment
A. B. Ellis
- 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
Word Origin and History for portuguese
1610s, the language, or a resident, of Portugal; 1660s as an adjective, from Portuguese Portuguez (see Portugal + -ese). The ending was vulgarly mistaken for a plural in English, and false singular Portugee (1830) was formed (cf. Chinee from Chinese). For Portuguese man-of-war, see man-of-war.