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

Definition of briefcase

: a flat flexible case for carrying papers or books

Examples of briefcase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gardner recommends putting something that's necessary for your final destination – such as a briefcase, purse or cell phone – in the backseat next to your child. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 22 June 2022 The agency also advises that people make a habit of checking the front and back seats of a car before leaving it and placing a personal item like a purse or briefcase in the back seat to ensure someone checks it before walking away. Amanda Musa, CNN, 21 June 2022 Those objects included her black robe, a monogrammed briefcase, and two of her famous collars. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 13 Apr. 2022 The three turned their attention to the briefcase — and what's really inside it. Jen Juneau,, 27 Mar. 2022 Since her time at Harvard, Burke hung up her cleats and traded in her jersey for a briefcase and a career in higher education law. Jayna Bardahl,, 4 July 2022 How the president and his briefcase-toting brigands sought to pressure the Justice Department and election officials around the country to ignore those results and hand the president the second term that voters refused him. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 There's no spare tire under the cargo floor, but the charging cord is stored in a neat little vinyl briefcase. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, 28 June 2022 Dumb and Dumber Laugh like an idiot watching a pair of idiots on a cross-country trip to return a mysterious briefcase to a client. Ben Flanagan |, al, 19 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of briefcase

1900, in the meaning defined above

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31 Jul 2022

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

Kids Definition of briefcase

: a flat case for carrying papers or books


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