Definition of Portugaise in US English:


(also Portugais)


  • 1Cookery. "à la Portugaise": according to Portuguese style (in savoury dishes usually with tomatoes and frequently also onions and garlic).

  • 2= Portuguese oyster.


  • Of food: prepared à la Portugaise.


Late 18th century; earliest use found in Menon's French Family Cook. From French portugaise (early 17th cent. or earlier in à la portugaise prepared in Portuguese style, applied to various savoury or sweet dishes, e.g. oeufs à la Portugaise, ragout à la portugaise, omelette à la Portugaise, pomme à la portugaise; 1890 as noun in sense ‘Portuguese oyster’), feminine of portugais.