[pawrt-man-toh, pohrt-; pawrt-man-toh, pohrt-]
noun, plural portmanteaus, portmanteaux [pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-, pawrt-man-tohz, -toh, pohrt-] . Chiefly British.
a case or bag to carry clothing in while traveling, especially a leather trunk or suitcase that opens into two halves.

1575–85; < French portemanteau literally, (it) carries (the) cloak; see port5, mantle

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portmanteau (pɔːtˈmæntəʊ)
n , pl -teaus, -teaux
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
[C16: from French: cloak carrier, from porter to carry + manteau cloak, mantle]

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1584, "traveling case or bag for clothes and other necessaries," from M.Fr. portemanteau "traveling bag," originally "court official who carried a prince's mantle" (1547), from porte, imperative of porter "to carry" (see porter (1)) + manteau "cloak" (see
mantle). Portmanteau word "word blending the sound of two different words," is 1882, coined by Lewis Carroll for the sort of words he invented for "Jabberwocky," on notion of "two meanings packed up into one word."
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