from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of southwest Europe on the western Iberian Peninsula. It includes the Madeira Islands and the Azores in the northern Atlantic Ocean. Originally inhabited by the Lusitanians, a Celtiberian people, the mainland area was subjugated by the Romans in the second century B.C. and was later conquered by the Visigoths and Moors. Spain recognized Portugal as an independent kingdom in 1143, and it soon flourished as a maritime and colonial power with holdings stretching from Africa to the Far East and Brazil in the New World. Much of its empire was lost to the British and the Dutch in the 17th and 18th centuries, and the remaining colonies in Africa became independent in the 20th century. Lisbon is the capital and the largest city. Population: 10,600,000.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A country in Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula. Member state of the European Union. Official name: Portuguese Republic (República Portuguesa).
- n. A Portuguese person.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to Portugal; Portuguese.
- n. A native or an inhabitant of Portugal; a Portuguese.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a republic in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula; Portuguese explorers and colonists in the 15th and 16th centuries created a vast overseas empire (including Brazil)
From Late Latin Portugal, from Latin Portus Cale, former name of what is now the city of Oporto. (Wiktionary)