noun (1)
bag·​gage | \ ˈba-gij How to pronounce baggage (audio) \

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


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

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“Baggage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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bag·​gage | \ ˈba-gij How to pronounce baggage (audio) \

Kids Definition of baggage

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

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