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Portugal Glossary

Portuguese Glossary

Portugal Glossary

Read a glossary of Portuguese words and phrases. Find useful Portuguese for traveling in Portugal and Madeira.

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Glossary.

Adegas - wineries or wine cellars.

Age of Discoveries - 15th-16th century voyages to Africa, India, South America and the Far East. Read more on the Age of Discoveries.

Alameda - promenade.

Albufeira - lagoon, reservoir.

Alto/a - upper.

Anta - pre-historic tomb.

Armazem - warehouse.

Armillary Sphere - navigational aid use by navigators (see "Age of the Discoveries")

Arrayal - street party.

Artesanato - handicraft shop.

Avenida - Avenue.

Azulejos - hand-painted ceramic tile and a cultural icon of Portugal. Read more on azulejos

Azeitonas - olives.

B

Bacalhau - dried salt cod. Read more on Portuguese food

Bairro - district, city area.

Baixa - lower, downtown commercial district.

Balneario - spa, health resort.

Barcos rabelos - boats used to transport port wine on the River Duoro.

Barragem - dam.

Beco - cul-de-sac.

Benfica - Lisbon football team. Read more on Portuguese football

Biblioteca - library.

Bilhete - ticket.

Bilhete diario - day pass.

Borrego - lamb.

C

Cabines - phone boxes.

Cabrito - goat

Caderneta - book of tickets (usually 10) for public transport.

Caldas - hot spring, spa.

Camara Municipal - city hall.

Campo - field or sports arena.

Capela - chapel.

Carnaval - carnival

Casa de hôspedes - rooms with usually shared facilities.

Casa de pasto - cheap lodgings.

Caseiro - home-made.

Casais - hut.

Castelo - castle, fortress.

Centro de saude - medical centre.

Centro historico - historic centre.

Cerveja - beer.

Chafariz - public fountain

Cidade - city.

Claustro - cloisters.

Convento - Convent (or old church).

Correios - post office.

Cortes - early Parliament.

Cruzeiro - cross.

D

Direita - right.

Distriti - district.

Dobrada - tripe.

Dom - honorific "Sir".

Dona - honorific "Madam".

Dormida - room.

Dourada - bream.

E

Eléctrico - tram

Elevador - funicular.

Enguia - eel.

Esplanada - promenade.

Estaçao - station.

Espressos - express buses. Read more on Portuguese buses

Estrada - road/highway.

F

Fadista - Fado singer.

Fado - traditional Portuguese singing style.

Farmácia - pharmacy, chemists

Feira - fair

Festa - festival. Read more on Portuguese festivals

Fonte - fountain.

Fortaleza - fort.

Freguesia - local parish.

Frito - fried.

G

Gambas - king prawns.

Garfo - fork.

GNR - Guarda Nacional Republicana (National Guard/gendarmerie).

Grao - chickpeas.

Gruta - cave.

Grelhado - grilled.

Guitarra - guitar (see Fado).

H

Horario - timetable.

Hospedaria - hostel/cheap pension. Read more on Portuguese hostels

I

IC - intercidade - inter-city trains. Read more on Portuguese trains

Igreja - church.

Igreja matriz - parish church.

Ilha - island.

Infante/a - Prince/Princess.

Iscas - liver.

IVA - Imposto sobre Valor Acrescentado (VAT).

J

Jardim - Garden.

Judiaria - former Jewish quarter.

K

Knights Templar - religious order of warrior monks based in Tomar.

L

Lago - lake.

Lagosta - lobster.

Largo - square.

Linguado - sole.

Litoral - coastal area.

Lisboetas - people from Lisbon.

Loggia - covered area or porch on the side of a building.

Lugar - neighborhood.

Lulas - squid.

M

Maçã - apple

Manueline - early 16th style of architecture named after the earlier reign of Dom Manuel (1495-1521).

Marranos - "New Christians" - Jews who converted to Christianity during the Inquisition.

Menhir - prehistoric standing stone.

Mercado - market.

Mercado municipal - city (municipal) market.

Mesa - table.

Miradouro - viewing point.

Moliceiro - shallow boats.

Mosteiro - monastery.

Museu - museum.

N

Nossa Senhora - "Our Lady" (Virgin Mary).

No forno - baked.

O

Ostras - oysters.

P

Paço - palace/country house.

Palacio - palace.

Paragem - bus stop.

Parque - park.

Parque Nacional - National Park.

Partida - departure.

Peixe - fish.

Pelourinho - pillory.

Pensão - pension, B&B.

Polvo - octopus.

Ponte - bridge.

Portagem - toll road.

Pousada - upmarket guesthouses. Read more on Portuguese pousadas

Pousada de juventude - youth hostels.

Portagem - toll road.

Praça - square.

Praça de touros - bullring.

Praia - beach.

PSP - Policia de Segurança Publica - the police.

Q

Quinta - country estate/villa.

Quarto de casal - room with double bed.

Queijo - cheese.

R

Raia - skate (fish).

Rapidas - regional buses.

Residencial - guesthouse.

Ria - lagoon.

Ribeiro - stream.

Rio - river.

Romaria - pilgrimage.

Rua - street.

S

Sala do capitulo - chapterhouse.

Salmão - salmon.

Salmonete - red mullet.

Sanitarios - public toilets.

Sapateira - crab.

Sardinhas - sardines.

- cathedral.

Selos - stamps.

Senhor - man.

Senhora - woman.

Serra - mountain/mountain range.

Solar - manor house.

Sporting - major Lisbon football club, eternal rivals of Benfica.

Supermercado - supermarket.

T

Tabacaria - tobacconist.

Tasca - tavern.

Termas - hot springs.

Torre de menagem - castle keep.

Tourada - bull fight.

Tripas - tripe.

Truta - trout.

Turismo - tourist office. Read more on Portuguese turismo

U

Uvas - grapes.

V

Vaca - beef.

Vila - town.

Vinho tinto - red wine. Read more on Portuguese wine

Vincente Gil - (1465-1537) playwright and poet. Read more about Gil Vicente

Vinho branco - white wine.

Vitela - veal.

W

Wellington - British general in the Peninsula War.

X

Xabregas - district in Lisbon.

Y

Z

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