portmanteau, Gladstone, Gladstone bag

(noun) a large travelling bag made of stiff leather

blend, portmanteau word, portmanteau

(noun) a new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings; “‘smog’ is a blend of ‘smoke’ and ‘fog’”; “‘motel’ is a portmanteau word made by combining ‘motor’ and ‘hotel’”; “‘brunch’ is a well-known portmanteau”

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


portmanteau (plural portmanteaus or portmanteaux)

A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections.

(Australia, dated) A schoolbag.

(archaic) A hook on which to hang clothing.

Etymology 2


portmanteau (not comparable)

(attributive, linguistics) Made by combining two (or more) words, stories, etc, in the manner of a linguistic portmanteau.


portmanteau (plural portmanteaus or portmanteaux)

(linguistics) A portmanteau word.

Synonyms: blend, frankenword, portmanteau word


Synonym: portmanteau morpheme


portmanteau (third-person singular simple present portmanteaus, present participle portmanteauing, simple past and past participle portmanteaued)

To make a portmanteau word.

Source: Wiktionary

Port*man"teau, n.; pl. Portmanteaus. Etym: [F. porte-manteau; porter to carry + manteau a cloak, mantle. See Port to carry, and Mantle.]

Definition: A bag or case, usually of leather, for carrying wearing apparel, etc., on journeys. Thackeray.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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