portmanteau Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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portmanteaunoun [C]

uk   /pɔːtˈmæn.təʊ/  us   /pɔːrtˈmæn.toʊ/ (plural portmanteaus or portmanteaux uk   /-təʊz/  us   /-toʊz/ ) old-fashioned
a ​largecase for ​carryingclothes while ​travelling, ​especially one that ​opens out into two ​parts

portmanteauadjective [before noun]

uk   /pɔːtˈmæn.təʊ/  us   /pɔːrtˈmæn.toʊ/
consisting of a ​widerange of things that are ​considered as a ​single thing: The Official Secrets Act was ​described as a ​piece of portmanteau ​legislation, ​covering everything from ​nuclearweapons to ​armyboots.
(Definition of portmanteau from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “portmanteau”
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指两格式)旅行皮箱…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指兩格式)旅行皮箱…
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