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
The great champion of New York starchitecture happens to not like the term, which he calls a portmanteau for the “churlish.”
Nobody speaks in portmanteau sentences, so they are inherently pretentious and tend to sound pompous.
My portmanteau is cantilivered and needs bracing...
I shall be very happy, however, to hear that the old portmanteau is safe at Scotsbrig, for 'you are the last man in England' that should, in the course of a kind
Then he would have told you that cremains falls into the same category as brunch and is known as a portmanteau word.
Lewis Carroll used the term portmanteau to describe a neologism with “two meanings packed up into one word”; his nonsense verse Jabberwocky (pictured) is full of them.
A portmanteau is a word that turns your wracked brain into a mental case.
Blends also known as portmanteau words are words created by joining words together - usually parts of two words.
The portmanteau was a small black leather one; I saw that gentleman in King-street,
The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane, commonly called Lord Cochrane, the Hon. Andrew Cochrane Johnstone, Richard Gathorne Butt, Ralph Sandom, Alexander M'Rae, John Peter Holloway, and Henry Lyte for A Conspiracy In the Court of King's Bench, Guildhall, on Wednesday the 8th, and Thursday the 9th of June, 1814
I left my check book in my portmanteau, which is still on the way and I find I haven't a cent.