Definitions for Portugueseˌpɔr tʃəˈgiz, -ˈgis, ˌpoʊr-
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the Romance language spoken in Portugal and Brazil
a native or inhabitant of Portugal
of or relating to or characteristic of Portugal or the people of Portugal or their language
A person native to, or living in, Portugal.
Of or pertaining to the region of Portugal.
Of or pertaining to the people of Portugal or their culture.
Of or pertaining to the Portuguese language.
A Romance language originating in Portugal, and now the official language of , , , , , , and .
Origin: From português.
of or pertaining to Portugal, or its inhabitants
a native or inhabitant of Portugal; people of Portugal
Origin: [Cf. F. portugais, Sp. portugues, Pg. portuguez.]
Portuguese is a Romance language and the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe. It also has co-official language status in Macau and East Timor. As the result of expansion during colonial times, a cultural presence of Portuguese and Portuguese creole speakers are also found in Goa, Daman and Diu in India; in Batticaloa on the east coast of Sri Lanka, in the Indonesian island of Flores, and in Malacca in Malaysia. Portuguese is a part of the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects of Vulgar Latin in the medieval Kingdom of Galicia. With approximately 215 to 220 million native speakers and 260 million total speakers, Portuguese is usually listed as the fifth most natively spoken language, the third-most spoken European language in terms of native speakers and a major language of the Southern Hemisphere. It is also the most spoken language in South America and the second-most spoken in Latin America after Spanish, and is an official language of the European Union, Mercosul and the African Union.
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