briefcase

noun
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 Kyion White wants to be like the businessman in the movies – the one that wears the crisp suit, carries the important briefcase, has an office on the top floor of a tall building and makes big decisions. USA Today, "These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America," 22 June 2020 Before Barr released his statement, Berman pointedly showed up to work Saturday, arriving at his office in lower Manhattan carrying a brown leather briefcase and clad in a blue suit. Katie Benner, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump personally fires US attorney who investigated his associates," 20 June 2020 Strap down a bag or briefcase or add a milk crate or basket for trips to the farmer’s market. Christine Frietchen, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Bike Accessories for Those Who Plan to Ride All Summer," 11 June 2020 This potential deal was quite an escalation from $8,000 in a briefcase. J. David Mcswane, ProPublica, "The Secret, Absurd World of Coronavirus Mask Traders and Middlemen Trying To Get Rich Off Government Money," 1 June 2020 The 7-pound contraption folds down to the size of a briefcase, and includes a carry handle to boot. Outdoor Life, "Reliable camping toilets for when nature calls," 23 Apr. 2020 All told, the machine is about the size of a large briefcase. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "The U.S. doesn’t have enough ventilators to treat coronavirus patients. So a San Antonio City Councilman decided to build one," 31 Mar. 2020 Many other artworks in the buildings and outside were destroyed that day, but the man with the briefcase, though knocked off his perch, survived, covered in debris. Neil Genzlinger, BostonGlobe.com, "J. Seward Johnson Jr., sculptor of the hyperreal," 12 Mar. 2020 Many other artworks in the buildings and outside were destroyed that day, but the man with the briefcase, though knocked off his perch, survived, covered in debris. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "J. Seward Johnson Jr., Sculptor of the Hyper-Real, Dies at 89," 12 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of briefcase

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of briefcase was in 1900

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6 Jul 2020

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“Briefcase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/briefcase. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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briefcase

noun
How to pronounce briefcase (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of briefcase

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

briefcase

noun
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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