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[pawr-shuh, -shee-uh, pohr-] /ˈpɔr ʃə, -ʃi ə, ˈpoʊr-/
the heroine of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice, who, in one scene, disguises herself as a lawyer.
a woman lawyer.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Portia is a splendid creature, radiant with confidence, hope, and joy.

  • "I mean it," he said, and he quoted the lines about Portia's sunny locks.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • She did not know then that both in England and America her Portia would prove an ever-recurring joy.

    Ellen Terry and Her Sisters T. Edgar Pemberton
  • Put the caskets before me, Portia; I shall not be less wise than Bassanio.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Portia has wished "good-night" to a very sleepy Dulce, and has gone upstairs to her own room.

    Portia Duchess
  • This selection is part of Portia's reply to Shylock's question.

    Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Literature Ontario Ministry of Education
  • That is to say, he instantly comes a most tremendous cropper right in front of Portia.

    Portia Duchess
  • Portia has been much praised during two centuries of criticism.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield

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