- A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections.
- 1667, Charles Croke, Fortune's Uncertainty:
- : Rodolphus therefore finding such an earnest Invitation, embrac'd it with thanks, and with his Servant and Portmanteau, went to Don Juan's; where they first found good Stabling for their Horses, and afterwards as good Provision for themselves.
- (linguistics) A portmanteau word.
- 1872, Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass, the first usage in this sense:
- : Well, "slithy" means "lithe and slimy." "Lithe" is the same as "active." You see it's like a --there are two meanings packed up into one word.
Etymology: From (term, portemanteau, lang=fr), literally (term, porte, , carry) + (term, manteau, lang=fr, , coat)
- (context, used only before a noun, of a word, story, etc.) Made by combining two words, stories, etc., in the manner of a linguistic portmanteau.
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