Portionless

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Portionless Having no portion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • portionless Having no portion or share; specifically, having no dowry: as, a portionless maid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Portionless having no portion, dowry, or property
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L. portio, portionis, akin to pars, a part.

Usage

In literature:

Your protector had seen with pain this marriage of his elder brother with a portionless girl.
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Portionless maids, freeze and burn in your solitary attics.
"The Magic Skin" by Honore de Balzac
As for the poor, portionless girls, they may die or go mad, without a soul to pity them.
"A Woman of Thirty" by Honore de Balzac
And in this case the earl's daughter was portionless, and the lover desired no portion.
"Castle Richmond" by Anthony Trollope
Where was there another man in his position would take a portionless girl and make her his wife?
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
The Ladies Gordon were portionless, and far less beautiful than their mother.
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson
Our poor Blaise married a portionless girl.
"Fruitfulness Fecondite" by Emile Zola
She had married him portionless, and against the will of her relations, and they had journeyed here to seek their fortune.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol VII" by Various
He'll ne'er consent his only son should wed The portionless daughter of a pedagogue.
"Godey's Lady's Book, Vol. 42, January, 1851" by Various
I shall not be portionless.
"Marietta" by F. Marion Crawford
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