from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as portass.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete See porteass.

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  • noun Obsolete spelling of porteous.


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  • Observe that subtle touch of truth in the "wearing" of the portesse, indicating the abuse of books by idle readers, so thoroughly characteristic of unwilling studentship from the schoolboy upwards.

    Stones of Venice [introductions]


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