noun portmanteaus, portmanteaux
1 A large travelling bag, typically made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts.
2 (also portmanteau word)
A word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch.
2.1 as modifier Consisting of or combining two or more aspects or qualities.

Mid 16th century from French portemanteau, from porter ‘carry’ + manteau ‘mantle’.


Peter preferred portmanteau words when he was able to keep them organized.


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