brief·​case | \ ˈbrēf-ˌkās How to pronounce briefcase (audio) \

Definition of briefcase

: a flat flexible case for carrying papers or books

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Armed with her trusty briefcase of paint swatches and a knack for finding thrift-store gems, Brown created rooms that prove just how livable even the boldest color combinations can be. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Katie Brown's Connecticut House Has All the Color Inspiration You Need," 2 Feb. 2019 Gray sculpted briefcases and bags also showed real promise, the designs speaking for themselves in a show where the performance components sometimes threatened to drown out everything else. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Our 5 Favorite Shows From the Men’s Runways in London," 11 June 2018 Similar in size to a briefcase or large cereal box, the satellites popped out from the rocket’s upper stage after liftoff and are hightailing it to Mars, right behind InSight. Washington Post, "WALL-E and EVE on their way to Mars with InSight," 5 May 2018 Speaking of product: The store will also include Delvaux’s first dedicated men’s space (mostly sleek briefcases, portfolios, and travel bags), and Loubier reported the label will introduce New York–specific bags and accessories. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Delvaux Just Opened Its First U.S. Flagship on One of the Most Iconic Corners in New York," 14 Jan. 2019 Open-and-shut case: GSN will rerun its January special Cover Story: The Prince and the Game Show Model, tied to Markle’s 2006-07 appearances as a briefcase model on NBC’s Deal or No Deal. Ellen Gray,, "When Harry weds Meghan: How U.S. TV is putting its own twist on the festivities," 15 May 2018 In a stroke of unbelievably bad luck, another agent fell asleep on a train while carrying a briefcase containing a list of 200 agent names. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Code Name: Lise’ Review: The War’s Most Decorated Woman," 11 Jan. 2019 He is also shown carrying a briefcase and using a cellphone. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "'Graphic video': Man in suit stops using his phone, assaults person lying on sidewalk," 7 June 2018 His wife has a nervous breakdown, Henry ends up with his best friend’s wife, and a drug dealer ends up with Henry’s briefcase. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville: Go after-hours at the Speed or dance at a masquerade," 14 Feb. 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of briefcase

: a flat case that is used for carrying papers or books


brief·​case | \ ˈbrēf-ˌkās How to pronounce briefcase (audio) \

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: a flat case for carrying papers or books

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