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Meaning & Definition of Portmanteau in English

English

Portmanteau

/pɔrtmɑntoʊ/

noun

1. A new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings

  • "`smog' is a blend of `smoke' and `fog'"
  • "`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'"
  • "`brunch' is a well-known portmanteau"
    synonym:
  • blend
  • ,
  • portmanteau word
  • ,
  • portmanteau

2. A large travelling bag made of stiff leather

    synonym:
  • portmanteau
  • ,
  • Gladstone
  • ,
  • Gladstone bag