Gladstone vs portmanteau what difference

what is difference between Gladstone and portmanteau


Alternative forms

  • (travelling case): portmantua
  • (schoolbag): (shortening) port, (shortening) school port


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɔːtˈmæn.təʊ/
  • (US) enPR: pôrtmă’ntō, pô’rtmăntōʹ, IPA(key): /pɔːɹtˈmæntoʊ/, /ˌpɔːɹtmænˈtoʊ/

Etymology 1

French portemanteau (coat stand), from porte (carry) + manteau (coat).


portmanteau (plural portmanteaus or portmanteaux)

  1. A large travelling case usually made of leather, and opening into two equal sections.
  2. (Australia, dated) A schoolbag.
  3. (archaic) A hook on which to hang clothing.

Etymology 2

First used by Lewis Carroll in Through The Looking Glass to describe the words he coined in Jabberwocky.


portmanteau (not comparable)

  1. (attributive, linguistics) Made by combining two (or more) words, stories, etc., in the manner of a linguistic portmanteau.


portmanteau (plural portmanteaus or portmanteaux)

  1. (linguistics) A portmanteau word.
    Synonyms: blend, frankenword, portmanteau word
  2. A portmanteau film

Derived terms

  • portmanteau film
  • portmanteau word


portmanteau (third-person singular simple present portmanteaus, present participle portmanteauing, simple past and past participle portmanteaued)

  1. To make a portmanteau word.

See also

  • List of portmanteau words defined in Wiktionary
  • Wikipedia article on portmanteaus (cases and words)

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