One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating Porfirio Díaz, his government, or the period of his presidency in Mexico (1876–80, 1884–1911).
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Chicago Tribune. From the name of José de la Cruz PorfirioDíaz, President of Mexico + -an, perhaps after Spanish porfiriano.
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