Definition of portal noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɔːtl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔːrtl//
    Online shopping, Websites
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  1. 1[usually plural] (formal or literary) a large, impressive gate or entrance to a building The castle’s portals have opened to many famous guests.
  2. 2(computing) a website that is used as a point of entry to the Internet, where information has been collected that will be useful to a person interested in particular kinds of things a business/news/shopping portal See related entries: Online shopping, Websites
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin portale, neuter (used as a noun) of portalis ‘like a gate’, from Latin porta ‘door, gate’.
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