Definition of portman in English:

portman

noun

historical
  • In or with reference to pre-Conquest times: a citizen of a town; a burgess or burgher. After the Norman Conquest: any of a small group of citizens chosen to administer the affairs of a borough or town.

Origin

Old English; earliest use found in The Seven Sleepers. From port + man. Compare post-classical Latin portmenni, plural, portmannus.

Pronunciation

portman

/ˈpɔːtmən/