Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary
1

baggage

play
noun bag·gage \ˈba-gij\

Definition of baggage

  1. 1 :  suitcases, trunks, and personal belongings of travelers :  luggage

  2. 2 :  transportable equipment especially of a military force

  3. 3 :  intangible things (as feelings, circumstances, or beliefs) that get in the way <emotional baggage>



Origin of baggage

Middle English bagage, from Middle French, from bagues belongings, baggage


First Known Use: 15th century


2

baggage

noun bag·gage

Definition of baggage

  1. 1 :  a contemptible woman; especially :  prostitute

  2. 2 :  a young woman



Origin of baggage

probably modification of Middle French bagasse, from Old Occitan bagassa


First Known Use: 1594



BAGGAGE Defined for Kids

baggage

play
noun bag·gage \ˈba-gij\

Definition of baggage for Students

  1. :  the bags, suitcases, and personal belongings of a traveler





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up baggage? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the Celtic May Day festival

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image567572573

Which of these is a synonym of unctuous?

prompt maudlin oily angry
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ