Portuguese


Portuguese
1. adjective /ˌpɔː.tʃəˈɡiːz,ˈpɔɹ.tʃə.ɡiːz/
a) Of or pertaining to the region of Portugal.

The British army had already moved over the border and the commander had established his HQ high in the central Portuguese mountains at Viseu.

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

In San Diego County there is but one Portuguese fisherman, as is also the case in Los Angeles, the county immediately adjoining.

2. noun /ˌpɔː.tʃəˈɡiːz,ˈpɔɹ.tʃə.ɡiːz/
a) A person native to, or living in, Portugal.

With a view to securing its more efficient working, a Portuguese was placed in charge of the entire department as Vidane.

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

Beresford required all materials for coatees, waistcoats and pantaloons to be sent out unmade, as the Portuguese were perfectly capable of making the suits up properly after delivery.


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