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noun (1)

bag·​gage ˈba-gij How to pronounce baggage (audio)
: suitcases, trunks, and personal belongings of travelers : luggage
: transportable equipment especially of a military force
: intangible things (such as feelings, circumstances, or beliefs) that get in the way
emotional baggage


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noun (2)

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
dated : a young woman

Examples of baggage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
But if your pet is larger than a bread box, your options are limited to the cargo or baggage check-in options, with very few exceptions. Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 5 Apr. 2024 This system provides real-time information on baggage location, significantly enhancing passenger experience and reducing operational costs. Neil Sahota, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Fog and other factors contributed to the collision, according to an NTSB report published online by Wikimedia. Multiple train cars, including two for passengers and ones for baggage and sleeping, derailed in the incident, the report said. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 Some basic economy tickets might not allow for overhead bin baggage, and ultra-low-cost carriers like Spirit and Frontier may charge an extra fee for carry-on bags. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 Here's what to know about United Airlines' baggage policy. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 26 Mar. 2024 But that’s a lot of baggage to lay on this guys-only night out, or in. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 The international left, by contrast, has both a history of cohesion and the baggage to go along with it. Arash Azizi, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 Access to more air miles may come in handy for travelers as the price of flights have soared since the pandemic Additionally, most major airlines have increased their baggage fees this year. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

probably modification of Middle French bagasse, from Old Occitan bagassa

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of baggage was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Baggage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the traveling bags and personal belongings of a traveler : luggage
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