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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.PAWR-shə
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Meaning & History

Variant of Porcia, the feminine form of the Roman family name PORCIUS, used by William Shakespeare for the heroine of his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596). In the play Portia is a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to defend Antonio in court. It is also the name of a moon of Uranus, after the Shakespearian character.
Other Languages & CulturesPorcia Ancient Roman

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actresses, Animal Crossing characters, animals, celestial, currently out of the US top 1000, Hunger Games characters, moons, moons of Uranus, nature, Shakespearean characters, True Blood characters
Entry updated October 20, 2016