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A portmanteau or portmanteau word is a combination of two (or more) words or morphemes, and their definitions, into one new word.

The English is derived from French portemanteau (portmanteau luggage which has two compartments). A portmanteau word fuses both the sounds and the meanings of its components, as in smog, coined by blending smoke and fog, or the term "wurly" to describe hair that is both wavy and curly.

In linguistics, a portmanteau is defined as a single morph which represents two or more morphemes.



Coined by Lewis Carroll based on the concept of two words packed together, like a portmanteau (a travelling case having two halves joined by a hinge).


portmanteau word

  1. (linguistics) A word formed which combines the meaning of two words (or, rarely, more than two words) by combining the words, usually, but not always, by adjoining the first part of one word and the last part of the other, the adjoining parts often having a common vowel; for example, smog, formed from smoke and fog.


  1. Faction
  2. Discothèque
  3. Mockumentary
  4. Portmanteau word
  5. Rockabilly
  6. Blaxploitation
  7. Proletkult

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