Definition of portmanteau adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pɔːtˈmæntəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//pɔːrtˈmæntoʊ//
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[only before noun] consisting of a number of different items that are combined into a single thing a portmanteau course ‘Depression’ is a portmanteau condition. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French portemanteau, from porter ‘carry’ + manteau ‘mantle’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: portmanteau

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