from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large leather suitcase that opens into two hinged compartments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections.
- n. A school bag; often shortened to port or school port
- n. A portmanteau word.
- adj. Made by combining two (or more) words, stories, etc., in the manner of a linguistic portmanteau.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A bag or case, usually of leather, for carrying wearing apparel, etc., on journeys.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A case used in journeying for containing clothing: originally adapted to the saddle of a horseman, and therefore nearly cylindrical and of flexible make.
- n. A trunk, especially a leather trunk of small size.
- n. A hook or bracket on which to hang a garment, especially one which holds a coat or cloak securely for brushing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings
- n. a large travelling bag made of stiff leather
French portemanteau : porte-, from porter, to carry (from Old French; see port5) + manteau, cloak (from Old French mantel, from Latin mantellum).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French portemanteau, literally porte ("carry") + manteau ("coat") (Wiktionary)
Coined by Lewis Carroll in Through The Looking Glass to describe the words he coined in Jabberwocky. (Wiktionary)