portass (plural portasses)
- (obsolete) A breviary; a prayer book.
- An old priest always read in his portass mumpsimus domine for sumpsimus; whereof when he was admonished, he said that he now had used mumpsimus thirty years, and would not leave his old mumpsimus for their new sumpsimus.
, The Shipman's Tale
- By God and by this portehors I swere.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene
- In his hand his portesse still he bare, That much was worn, but therein little red; For of devotion he had little care.
, The Image of Both Churches
- Their portases, bedes, temples, aultars.
, An Enterlude called lusty Juventus
- Let me see your portous, gentle sir John.
- 1553, [unknown translator], Stephen Gardiner, De vera obedientia
- Boner hath set up again in Paules Salesburi Latin portace.