Definition of Portuguese in English:

Portuguese

adjective

  • Relating to Portugal or its people or language.

    • ‘It seems to be that they concentrate on particular projects and ones that deal in Portuguese language only.’
    • ‘Dili has flown in Portuguese teachers to help with the change.’
    • ‘While cakes and confectionery should be avoided like the plague in Spain, Portuguese sweets and chocolate are of the highest quality.’
    • ‘South of the river, in the Zambezi Valley, the people adopted Portuguese dress, language, and religion to a larger extent.’
    • ‘A Foreign Office spokesman said that officers contacted Portuguese authorities yesterday morning after questioning the pair.’
    • ‘In late 1960, Benenson heard of the plight of two Portuguese men who had been jailed for seven years for raising a toast to freedom.’
    • ‘In a house by a lake, muffled in polo necks and cardigans and hampered by poor language skills, Jamie falls for the Portuguese housekeeper, Aurelia.’
    • ‘Christine said although the work done by Portuguese surgeons was excellent, Bernard was isolated and confused for much of his time in hospital.’
    • ‘The daughter of first-generation Portuguese immigrants, she grew up in the small town of Victoria, British Columbia.’
    • ‘A mild mannered Saturday outing to eat Portuguese chicken led to an ugly situation where cars were overturned and seven people were hospitalised.’
    • ‘It truly was an unmissable experience being here and the organisation and enjoyability of it all is thanks to impeccable Portuguese hospitality.’
    • ‘What possesses football fans (and not just Portuguese ones) to do this?’
    • ‘Here you can really enjoy some typical imported dishes like chourico, caldo verde, boealhau and Portuguese chicken.’
    • ‘He said at this stage, touts were trying to buy tickets from anybody they could, mostly Portuguese people, so they could sell them on to the English.’
    • ‘The first three were easy to distinguish, thanks to the Portuguese language's descriptive suffixes.’
    • ‘His first task on arriving in Mozambique was to do a Portuguese language training course so he could converse with the local people.’
    • ‘We'll offer traditional Portuguese food and a bunch of portos.’
    • ‘A bottle of Portuguese Rosé props open the kitchen door.’
    • ‘The brimming vessel of optimism in Portuguese football owes much, of course, to the quality of the current squad of players.’
    • ‘The statue itself is made from Portuguese limestone, but the plinth is of Wicklow granite and is sculpted by local man Paddy Roe.’

noun

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Portugal, or a person of Portuguese descent.

    • ‘The sailing guides were called portolani by the Italians, roteiros by the Portuguese and rutters by the Dutch and English.’
    • ‘European contact with the Igbo began with the arrival of the Portuguese in the mid-fifteenth century.’
    • ‘It's a cooperative effort, and the Portuguese and Americans work side by side to carry out the mission.’
    • ‘The first Europeans in the area were the Portuguese in the sixteenth century.’
    • ‘The mouth of the Congo River was the base for the Kongo Kingdom which encountered the Portuguese in 1484.’
    • ‘The first Europeans to reach Nigeria were the Portuguese in the fifteenth century.’
    • ‘They therefore traded widely with the British, the French, the Dutch, and the Portuguese.’
    • ‘Indian embroideries were being made for Portuguese patrons surprisingly soon after the arrival of the Portuguese in India in 1498.’
    • ‘It is the story about the Dutchman, the Frenchman and the Portuguese.’
    • ‘The Irish are the latest to get on the building bandwagon, which had been dominated by the Italians, Germans and Portuguese.’
    • ‘Many of these are Bantu, sold to the Portuguese in exchange for clothing, liquor, and guns.’
    • ‘The survivors, who are Spanish and Portuguese, are expected to leave for home today.’
    • ‘These were occupied not only by agriculture, but also in mining and trade in copper and salt against European goods obtained from the Portuguese.’
    • ‘Spaniards and Portuguese put regional identity above nationality.’
    • ‘Spaniards and Portuguese adapted this name to tapioca, in which form it became an adopted English word in the late 18th century.’
    • ‘The first Europeans to discover the country were the Portuguese.’
    • ‘John points out that teams with conspicuously long hair have been big losers: the Argies, the French, the Portuguese.’
    • ‘The Annobon population, native to Angola, was introduced by the Portuguese via Sao Tome.’
    • ‘The Spanish tend to look at the Portuguese in much the same way as the English are supposed to look upon the Irish, at least for the purposes of bad jokes.’
    • ‘He prevented the Danish fleet from falling into French hands and supported the Spaniards and Portuguese in their struggle against Napoleon.’
  • 2[mass noun] The language of Portugal and Brazil, a Romance language spoken by about 160 million people.

    • ‘If she were Brazilian, then she would know that Brazil's official language is Portuguese.’
    • ‘Of course, I speak some Portuguese as well after being there but I have always practised my English.’
    • ‘His mother is Portuguese and he speaks the language fluently but he has been more than just a tutor to Ricardo.’
    • ‘So why on earth have Portuguese as the official language of East Timor?’
    • ‘The official language is Portuguese, a legacy of the country's colonizers.’
    • ‘It seems there are many dialects of Portuguese spoken in several countries in South America.’
    • ‘Gusmao, who speaks fluent Portuguese, could not attend due to scheduling problems, the organizer said.’
    • ‘Unless you speak Portuguese, you're going to have a bit of trouble finding your way around though.’
    • ‘Gallego and Portuguese were a single language until the fourteenth century, when they began to diverge.’
    • ‘Aside from a small number of recently contacted indigenous peoples, all Brazilians speak Portuguese.’
    • ‘I didn't know I had another Brazilian on the line, so we might speak in Portuguese now.’
    • ‘Unlike the rest of Angola, where the official language is Portuguese, the language of Malongo is English.’
    • ‘You hear French and Portuguese spoken on the streets a lot.’
    • ‘I have so many questions, yet the struggle of having to speak Portuguese leaves me unable to articulate them meaningfully.’
    • ‘Later, I buy a Popsicle in a small grocery store where the clerk seems surprised to hear me speak Portuguese.’
    • ‘The beat of Brazil is also there and in Brazil itself, Portuguese is still the mother tongue.’
    • ‘Next, regional variants of a language like Portuguese constitute yet another piece of evidence against this hypothesis.’
    • ‘Brazil and East Timor are former Portuguese colonies, and Portuguese is spoken in both.’
    • ‘As a former colony, its official language remains Portuguese.’
    • ‘Within a year I'd like you to speak English because I'm not going to speak Portuguese.’

Origin

From Portuguese português, from medieval Latin portugalensis.

Pronunciation:

Portuguese

/ˌpɔːtjʊˈɡiːz//ˌpɔːtʃʊˈɡiːz/