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Portuguese

Line breaks: Por¦tu|guese
Pronunciation: /ˌpɔːtjʊˈɡiːz
 
, -tʃʊ-/

Definition of Portuguese in English:

adjective

Relating to Portugal or its people or language.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 [mass noun] The language of Portugal and Brazil, a Romance language spoken by about 160 million people.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

from Portuguese português, from medieval Latin portugalensis.

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