What does Portuguese mean?

Definitions for Portuguese
ˌpɔr tʃəˈgiz, -ˈgis, ˌpoʊr-por·tuguese

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Portuguesenoun

    the Romance language spoken in Portugal and Brazil

  2. Portugueseadjective

    a native or inhabitant of Portugal

  3. Portuguese, Lusitanianadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of Portugal or the people of Portugal or their language

    "Portuguese wines"


  1. Portuguesenoun

    A person native to, or living in, Portugal.

  2. Portugueseadjective

    Of or pertaining to the region of Portugal.

  3. Portugueseadjective

    Of or pertaining to the people of Portugal or their culture.

  4. Portugueseadjective

    Of or pertaining to the Portuguese language.

  5. Portuguesenoun

    A Romance language originating in Portugal, and now the official language of , , , , , , and .

  6. Etymology: From português.


  1. portuguese

    Portuguese can refer to three main categories: 1) Language: The Portuguese language is a Romance language that originated in the Iberian Peninsula in Western Europe and is now spoken by approximately 215 to 220 million native speakers around the world. It is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, and São Tomé and Príncipe. 2) Nationality: Portuguese people are a nation and ethnic group native to Portugal, in southern Europe. The Portuguese are also a significant population in the former colonies of Portugal, particularly Brazil, and communities of Portuguese people and their descendants exist in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. 3) Culture: Portuguese also refers to anything related and/or pertaining to the culture, traditions, music, food, and customs that originate from Portugal. However, the meaning of Portuguese will vary depending on its context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portugueseadjective

    of or pertaining to Portugal, or its inhabitants

  2. Portuguese

    a native or inhabitant of Portugal; people of Portugal

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. portugais, Sp. portugues, Pg. portuguez.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Portuguese

    pōr′tū-gēz, adj. of or pertaining to Portugal or to its inhabitants.—n. the people, a single inhabitant, or the language of Portugal.—Portuguese man-of-war, a species of Physalia.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. portuguese

    A gold coin, value £1, 16s., called also moiadobras.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Portuguese in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Portuguese in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Portuguese in a Sentence

  1. Mark Milley:

    He grew up in Europe, and he's lived all over the continent, and he's fluent in French, Russian and Italian. He reads Spanish and Portuguese. And he can get by and understand Polish and Ukrainian, which enables him to communicate directly with about half the population of Europe.

  2. Mario Silva:

    Terra Peregrin wants to be a minority shareholder, without control, but with a relevant stake of a group in Brazil which has holdings in other (geographic) areas, we want to return to the corporate project of this leader in the Portuguese-speaking world, involving 260 million people and more than 110 million clients.

  3. Passos Coelho:

    Nobody can count on the Socialists to support policies that go against the Socialists, there was a large majority of Portuguese who voted for change.

  4. Carlos Cesar:

    It is important that this agreement is fleshed out before the government program debate in parliament because our commitment is that we'll only contribute to ousting the government if we simultaneously bring a responsible alternative, a durable solution that gives Portuguese calm and confidence, if there is no deal ... we will not leave the country without a government.

  5. Zezito Oliveira:

    The Portuguese had no titles when they came to Brazil, brazil was born without titles.

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