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Portuguese (n.)

1610s, the language, or a resident, of Portugal; 1660s as an adjective, from Portuguese Portuguez (see Portugal + -ese). The ending was vulgarly mistaken for a plural in English, and false singular Portugee (1830) was formed (compare Chinee from Chinese). For Portuguese man-of-war, see man-of-war.

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Definitions of Portuguese from WordNet
1
Portuguese (n.)
the Romance language spoken in Portugal and Brazil;
Portuguese (n.)
a native or inhabitant of Portugal;
2
Portuguese (adj.)
of or relating to or characteristic of Portugal or the people of Portugal or their language;
Synonyms: Lusitanian
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