from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A portmanteau.

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

  • noun obsolete A portmanteau.

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  • noun Obsolete form of portmanteau.


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  • β€˜Or I might have brought my portmantle, with some things.’

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • He then aided him to fasten on the saddle the small portmantle which contained his necessaries, opened a postern door, and with a hearty shake of the hand, and a reiteration of his promise to attend to what went on at Cumnor


  • Order our horses presently; I will wear, as formerly, one of the livery cloaks, and ride before the portmantle.


  • _Enter Aimwell in a riding-habit, and Archer as footman, carrying a portmantle_.

    The Beaux-Stratagem

  • It was their duty to examine outgoing vessels which had weighed anchor with the intention of leaving our waters, and they were instructed to search the "pocket, cloake, bag, portmantle or any other thing belonging" to such persons as were on their journey out of the jurisdiction on horseback.

    Currency and Banking in the Province of the Massachusetts-Bay [excerpts]

  • Producing a small box from a battered portmantle that stood in a corner, he produced certain pigments from it, and, facing a cracked fragment of unframed looking-glass that served for a mirror, proceeded with the skill of an experienced actor to make certain changes in his appearance.

    The Duke's Motto A Melodrama

  • 'Or I might have brought my portmantle, with some things.'

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • That portmantle didn't cost more than three half-crowns altogether, and ten pound wouldn't ha 'got anything so strong from a portmantle maker, would it, Dan?'

    The Hand of Ethelberta

  • He fetched a portmantle just come, and an order to put me in a room alone.

    Hugh Wynne, Free Quaker

  • "But the Honourable is dhressing too, sir; and that's why he wants the portmantle."

    Handy Andy, Volume One A Tale of Irish Life, in Two Volumes


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