brief·​case | \ˈbrēf-ˌkās \

Definition of briefcase 

: a flat flexible case for carrying papers or books

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The brand showed off the costume with a suit jacket and numbered briefcase, likely in reference to Markle's pre-princess days on Suits and Deal or No Deal, which are not included in the $50 price tag. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "There’s Now a Sexy Halloween Costume Inspired by Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding Dress," 15 Oct. 2018 Compared to a briefcase, messenger, or duffle, a backpack is more comfortable to wear, better for your back, and can likely carry more stuff around. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "The Pro Executive Laptop Backpack is a backpack for adults," 19 Aug. 2018 The gift shop here breaks the mold with spy gadgets—a mug shaped like a briefcase, a car key that's also a mini camera, or a stealth flask for your smartphone. Amy Mckeever, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in D.C. You'll Want to Visit," 10 July 2018 Mandel’s real point was that the women who held briefcases on Deal or No Deal were all unique and had their own lives going on off-camera. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Howie Mandel Jokes Meghan Markle Was "Slightly Duchessy" on Deal or No Deal," 10 Aug. 2018 Fourteen years after playing his final NBA game, including a stint with the Miami Heat from 1996-99, Mashburn is carrying a briefcase of his own. Shandel Richardson,, "Former Heat forward Jamal Mashburn becomes successful businessman in post-NBA life," 3 July 2018 The probe will have company atop its Atlas V launch vehicle: two briefcase-sized satellites called Mars Cube One, or MarCO. Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post, "‘Marsquakes’ are a thing, and this NASA spacecraft will go look for them," 3 May 2018 The plot’s leader, Colonel Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg (played by Tom Cruise in the movie Valkyrie), put a briefcase containing a bomb underneath Adolf Hitler’s table at the Führer’s headquarters in East Prussia. Elisabeth Braw, Newsweek, "The Families Who Tried to Kill Hitler," 6 Aug. 2014 Actress Eva Maria Saint, taking her portraits and calling cards from her briefcase. Eliza Berman, Time, "Who Is Eva Marie Saint? Reintroducing the 1955 Oscar Winner," 5 Mar. 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 \

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: a flat case for carrying papers or books

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