[ pawrt-man-toh ]


  1. a large trunk or suitcase, typically made of stiff leather and opening into two equal parts.
  2. a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel (from ‘motor’ and ‘hotel’) or brunch (from ‘breakfast’ and ‘lunch’).

Examples of portmanteau in a sentence:

  • She carried her possessions with her in an old portmanteau.
  • Podcast is a portmanteau, a made-up word coined from a combination of the words iPod and broadcast.