See also: Portion

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From Middle English porcioun, borrowed from Old French porcion, from Latin portio (a share, part, portion, relation, proportion), akin to pars (part); see part. Compare proportion.

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portion (plural portions)

  1. An allocated amount.
  2. That which is divided off or separated, as a part from a whole; a separated part of anything.
  3. One's fate; lot.
  4. The part of an estate given or falling to a child or heir; an inheritance.
  5. A wife's fortune; a dowry.

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Relatively formal, compared to the more informal part or more concrete and casual piece. For example, “part of the money” (both informal) but “portion of the proceeds” (both formal).

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portion (third-person singular simple present portions, present participle portioning, simple past and past participle portioned)

  1. (transitive) To divide into amounts, as for allocation to specific purposes.
  2. (transitive) To endow with a portion or inheritance.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, Epistle to Bathurst:
      Him portioned maids, apprenticed orphans, blest.

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Borrowed from Latin portionem (accusative singular of portio).

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portion f (plural portions)

  1. portion

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  • Turkish: porsiyon

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portion (plural portiones)

  1. portion

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portion c

  1. serving, an helping of food

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Declension of portion 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative portion portionen portioner portionerna
Genitive portions portionens portioners portionernas

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From Middle English porcioun, from Old French porcion, from Latin portio.

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portion

  1. part
    • 1867, “THE BRIDE'S PORTION”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, page 102:
      A portion ich gae her, was (it's now ich have ee-tolth)
      The portion I gave her was (it's now I have told)
  2. dowry
    • 2005, Brief List of Familiar Things:
      A portion ich gae her was keow an dwanty shilleen.
      The dowry I gave her was a cow and twenty shillings.

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