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portmanteau

[pawrt-man-toh, pohrt-; pawrt-man-toh, pohrt-] /pɔrtˈmæn toʊ, poʊrt-; ˌpɔrt mænˈtoʊ, ˌpoʊrt-/
noun, plural portmanteaus, portmanteaux
[pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-, pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-] /pɔrtˈmæn toʊz, -toʊ, poʊrt-, ˌpɔrt mænˈtoʊz, -ˈtoʊ, ˌpoʊrt-/ (Show IPA).
Chiefly British
1.
a case or bag to carry clothing in while traveling, especially a leather trunk or suitcase that opens into two halves.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < French portemanteau literally, (it) carries (the) cloak; see port5, mantle
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Examples for portmanteau
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  • Environmental management is somewhat of a portmanteau term that comprises many of the more academically accepted disciplines.
  • In the struggle the horse's bridle broke, and away went the horse into the woods, with a heavy portmanteau dancing at his side.
  • Biodiversity is a portmanteau word, from biology and diversity.
British Dictionary definitions for portmanteau

portmanteau

/pɔːtˈmæntəʊ/
noun (pl) -teaus, -teaux (-təʊz)
1.
(formerly) a large travelling case made of stiff leather, esp one hinged at the back so as to open out into two compartments
2.
(modifier) embodying several uses or qualities the heroine is a portmanteau figure of all the virtues
Word Origin
C16: from French: cloak carrier, from porter to carry + manteau cloak, mantle
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Word Origin and History for portmanteau
n.

1580s, "traveling case or bag for clothes and other necessaries," from Middle French portemanteau "traveling bag," originally "court official who carried a prince's mantle" (1540s), from porte, imperative of porter "to carry" (see porter (n.1)) + manteau "cloak" (see mantle (n.)).

Portmanteau word "word blending the sound of two different words" (1882), coined by "Lewis Carroll" (Charles L. Dodgson, 1832-1898) for the sort of words he invented for "Jabberwocky," on notion of "two meanings packed up into one word." As a noun in this sense from 1872.

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