noun (1)
bag·gage | \ˈba-gij \

Definition of baggage 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

2 : transportable equipment especially of a military force

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


noun (2)

Definition of baggage (Entry 2 of 2)

1 dated : a contemptible or disreputable woman "I can buy her off. If she took money from him—the mercenary, painted baggage!—why, then, she'll take it from me."— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

2 dated : a young woman

First Known Use of baggage

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for baggage

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

probably modification of Middle French bagasse, from Old Occitan bagassa

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bag·gage | \ˈba-gij \

Kids Definition of baggage

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

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