noun (plural portmanteau words)
- (linguistics) A word formed which combines the meaning of two words (or, rarely, more than two words) by combining the words, usually, but not always, by adjoining the first part of one word and the last part of the other, the adjoining parts often having a common vowel; for example, smog, formed from smoke and fog.
Etymology: Coined by w:Lewis_Carroll, Lewis Carroll based on the concept of two words packed together, like a portmanteau (a travelling case having two halves joined by a hinge).
- Dutch: mengwoord
- French: mot-valise
- German: Kofferwort
- Spanish: palabra valija
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