Definitions for Portugueseˌpɔr tʃəˈgiz, -ˈgis, ˌpoʊr-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Por•tu•gueseˌpɔr tʃəˈgiz, -ˈgis, ˌpoʊr-(n.; adj.)(pl.)-guese
(n.)a native or inhabitant of Portugal.
a Romance language spoken in Portugal, Brazil, the Azores, and Madeira, and used as an auxiliary language in former colonies of Portugal, as Angola and Mozambique.
Ref: Abbr.: Pg, 4 Pg. 4
(adj.)of or pertaining to Portugal, its people, or the language Portuguese.
Origin of Portuguese:
1580–90; < Pg português, Sp portugués
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
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, Equatorial Guinea and East Timor. As the result of expansion during colonial times, Portuguese speakers are also found in Goa, Daman and Diu in India, and in Malacca in Malaysia, Portuguese is a part of the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several dialects of colloquial Latin in the medieval Kingdom of Galicia. With approximately 210 to 215 million native speakers and 240 million total speakers, Portuguese is usually listed as the seventh most spoken language in the world, the third most spoken European language and the 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 Castilian, as well as an official language of the European Union and Mercosul. Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes once called Portuguese "the sweet and gracious language" and Spanish playwright Lope de Vega referred to it as "sweet", while the Brazilian writer Olavo Bilac poetically described it as "a última flor do Lácio, inculta e bela". Portuguese is also termed "the language of Camões", after one of the greatest literary figures in the Portuguese language, Luís Vaz de Camões.
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