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.

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  • 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)


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From Late Latin Portugal, from Latin Portus Cale, former name of what is now the city of Oporto.


  • _ -- In answer to the inquiry of "Northman" (No. 16.p. 246.), P.C.S.S. has to state, that he believes that the most recent, as it is unquestionably the most copious, work on the topography of Portugal is the _Diccionario Geografico de Portugal_, published at

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  • In the latter year began the "sixty years 'captivity," when Portugal became merely a Spanish province; yet there is no recollection of this -- except the ingrained hatred of Spaniards and of everything Spanish -- or of the shaking off the yoke in 1640, and of the battle of Amexial in 1663, where the English contingent bore the brunt of the battle, and the "Portugueses," as they are called by the author of _An Account of the Court of Portugal_, published in 1700, claimed the principal part of the honour.

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  • The functional literacy rate in Portugal is amongst the lowest in Europe.

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  • What has happened to the McCanns in Portugal is of a piece with all European systems: “Confess and you will only do two years!”, with the unspoken implication that if you do not confess, the sky is the limit.

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  • Stuff I had to order online and wait weeks for back in Portugal is so easy to find here!

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  • The (only) National Park in Portugal is called Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês, so I suppose the house is called “Casa No Gerês” and not “Casa No Gere” as it’s written in the article.

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  • In both countries music was used as a tool to shape public opinion, but fado in Portugal and samba in Brazil are very different.

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  • Unions in Portugal expect some 30,000 people to show up for demonstrations.

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