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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

n. - A large travelling bag made of stiff leather; A new word formed by joining two others and combining their meanings.

Usage examples (39)
  • "`motel' is a portmanteau word made by combining `motor' and `hotel'
  • "`brunch' is a well-known portmanteau
  • The great champion of New York starchitecture happens to not like the term, which he calls a portmanteau for the “churlish.”
  • My portmanteau is cantilivered and needs bracing... for more
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