Definition of Portland Place in English:

Portland Place

Pronunciation /ˌpɔːtlən(d) ˈpleɪs/


  • (The governing body of) the British Broadcasting Corporation, the headquarters of which are in Portland Place. Also used attributively, designating something suggestive of the style or tone of the British Broadcasting Corporation.


1930s; earliest use found in Dorothy L. Sayers (1893–1957), writer and scholar. From Portland Place, the name of a street in London.