Definition of Portuguese in English:


Syllabification: Por·tu·guese
Pronunciation: /ˈpôrCHəˌgēz


  • Of or relating to Portugal or its people or language.
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    • His first task on arriving in Mozambique was to do a Portuguese language training course so he could converse with the local people.
    • South of the river, in the Zambezi Valley, the people adopted Portuguese dress, language, and religion to a larger extent.
    • It seems to be that they concentrate on particular projects and ones that deal in Portuguese language only.

noun (plural same)

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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Portugal, or a person of Portuguese descent.
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    • The Irish are the latest to get on the building bandwagon, which had been dominated by the Italians, Germans and Portuguese.
    • The survivors, who are Spanish and Portuguese, are expected to leave for home today.
    • He prevented the Danish fleet from falling into French hands and supported the Spaniards and Portuguese in their struggle against Napoleon.
  • 2The Romance language of Portugal and Brazil.
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    • You hear French and Portuguese spoken on the streets a lot.
    • It seems there are many dialects of Portuguese spoken in several countries in South America.
    • Brazil and East Timor are former Portuguese colonies, and Portuguese is spoken in both.


from Portuguese portuguez, from medieval Latin portugalensis.

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