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English definition of “portmanteau”

portmanteau

adjective [before noun]     /pɔːtˈmæn.təʊ/ US  /pɔːrtˈmæn.toʊ/
consisting of a wide range of things that are considered as a single thing: The Official Secrets Act was described as a piece of portmanteau legislation , covering everything from nuclear weapons to army boots .General
(Definition of portmanteau adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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