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A portmanteau is a piece of luggage, usually made of leather and opening into two equal parts. Some were large, upright, and hinged at the back and enabled hanging up clothes in one half, while others are much smaller bags (such as Gladstone bags) with two equally sized compartments. The word comes from the French word portemanteau (from porter meaning "to carry" and manteau meaning "coat"), which nowadays means a coat rack but was in the past also used to refer to a traveling case or bag for clothes.
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- "A History of Vintage Luggage". Retrieved January 16, 2014.
- Petit Robert: portemanteau - "malle penderie" (suitcase in which clothes hang)
- "portemanteau" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language)
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