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 Using a briefcase with a false bottom, Funke dropped a bomb in the store’s sports department. Jeff Maysh, The New Yorker, 18 May 2021 The Real Housewives of Dallas were also in reunion mode, and Kameron brought a mini pink briefcase of receipts against Tiffany, who still came out of the episode looking like the winner. Mary Sollosi,, 8 May 2021 At conferences and meetings in the late 1990s, like a door-to-door salesman, Mr. Reicher would pull a solar shingle out of his briefcase to illustrate his vision for the future of home electricity. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2021 One day, when the singer came home from work, same briefcase in hand, the song was written and the album had its title and concept. Paul Thompson, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2021 As a wonky Road to WrestleMania persisted, The Miz cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase and shockingly beat WWE’s top star at Elimination Chamber. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 Throughout the investigation and beyond, Garland was known to carry a list of the victims in his briefcase. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2021 King carried a copy in his briefcase and turned to it for inspiration. Erica Armstrong Dunbar, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2021 Barely a day later, at 7:00 a.m. on July 31, a man collecting bottles and cans at a Haverstraw Bay overlook found a briefcase and a bag holding shoes, pants, a shirt, and a wallet identifying the belongings’ owner as Michael J. Sakara of Manhattan. Elon Green, Vulture, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of briefcase

1900, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jun 2021

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“Briefcase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of briefcase

: a flat case for carrying papers or books


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