"capable of being carried from place to place," early 15c., from French portable "that can be carried," from Late Latin portabilis "that can be carried," from Latin portare "to carry" (from PIE root *per- (2) "to lead, pass over"). An earlier word for "designed to be carried from place to place" was portatif (late 14c.), from Old French. Related: Portability.
updated on September 05, 2020