• Portuguese


    • UK IPA: /ˌpɔː.tʃəˈɡiːz/
    • Rhymes: -iːz
    • US IPA: /ˈpɔɹ.tʃə.ɡiːz/

    Alternative forms


    From Portuguese português.

    Full definition of Portuguese



    1. Of or pertaining to the region of Portugal.
      • 1973, Roger Parkinson, The Peninsular War, page 104The British army had already moved over the border and the commander had established his HQ high in the central Portuguese mountains at Viseu.
    2. Of or pertaining to the people of Portugal or their culture.
      • 1887, George Brown Goode, The Fisheries and Fishery Industries of the United States, section IV, page 33In San Diego County there is but one Portuguese fisherman, as is also the case in Los Angeles, the county immediately adjoining.
    3. Of or pertaining to the Portuguese language.
      • 1981, Milton Mariano Azevedo, A Contrastive Phonology of Portuguese and English, page 31The latter feature indicates that a Portuguese consonant cannot constitute the nucleus of a syllable.



    (plural Portuguese)
    1. A person native to, or living in, Portugal.
      • 1920, Paulus Edward Pieris, Ceylon and the Portuguese, 1505-1658, page 184With a view to securing its more efficient working, a Portuguese was placed in charge of the entire department as Vidane.
      • 2000, René Chartrand & Bill Younghusband, The Portuguese Army of the Napoleonic Wars, volume 1, page 23Beresford required all materials for coatees, waistcoats and pantaloons to be sent out unmade, as the Portuguese were perfectly capable of making the suits up properly after delivery.

    Proper noun


    (plural Portugueses)
    1. A Romance language originating in Portugal, and now the official language of Portugal, Angola, Moçambique (Mozambique), São Tomé e Príncipe (São Tomé and Príncipe), Guiné Bissau (Guinea-Bissau), Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), Timor Leste (East Timor), and Brasil (Brazil).
      • 2000, João Costa, Portuguese Syntax: new comparative studies, page 65Portuguese, however, is slightly different from Catalan, Spanish, and Romanian in that there is no strict adjacency requirement between wh-words and the verbal cluster in indirect questions.
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