Portmanteau meaning

pôrt-măn'tō, pôrt'măn-tō'
A traveling case or bag; esp., a stiff leather suitcase that opens like a book into two compartments.
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An old type of leather suitcase that usually opened into two compartments. The word originates from the French portemanteau, from porter (to carry) and manteau (cloak), and inspired Lewis Carroll's use of the word with a new meaning.
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A large leather suitcase that opens into two hinged compartments.
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General or generalized.

A portmanteau description; portmanteau terms.

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A combination word, or blend, that combines the sounds and meanings of two words. Modem, for example, is a portmanteau that combines the words modulate and demodulate, describing a device that performs both functions. Similarly, a codec both codes and decodes data, and a transceiver is both a transmitter and receiver. Lewis Carroll coined this usage of the word in his famous book Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871). In the book, Humpty Dumpty explains to Alice the construct and meaning of words from the poem "Jabberwocky," telling her that "Well,`slithy' means `lithe and slimy.' . . .You see it's like a portmanteau -- there are two meanings packed up into one word."
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A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections.
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(Australia, dated) A school bag; often shortened to port or school port.
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(linguistics) A portmanteau word.
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(used only before a noun, of a word, story, etc.) Made by combining two (more) words, stories, etc., in the manner of a linguistic portmanteau.
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Origin of portmanteau

  • French portemanteau porte- from porter to carry (from Old French port5) manteau cloak (from Old French mantel) (from Latin mantellum) N., senses 2a and b, in reference to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, in which Humpty Dumpty explains slithy and other made-up words in the poem “Jabberwocky” to Alice as follows: “Slithy” means “lithe and slimy” ... You see it's like a portmanteau—there are two meanings packed up into one word
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Coined by Lewis Carroll in Through The Looking Glass to describe the words he coined in Jabberwocky.
    From Wiktionary
  • From French portemanteau, literally porte (“carry") + manteau (“coat")
    From Wiktionary