brief·​case ˈbrēf-ˌkās How to pronounce briefcase (audio)
: a flat flexible case for carrying papers or books

Examples of briefcase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ben Simmons carried a Thom Browne briefcase affixed with a clock and Tyla—dresses as the sands of time—held an hourglass. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 7 May 2024 Considering the fashion world has embraced watch anklets and timepiece chokers, perhaps briefcase clocks and hourglass bags aren’t too far off. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 May 2024 If that player makes a deal with the Banker for less than the value of their briefcase, they are eliminated. Joe Otterson, Variety, 7 May 2024 But the briefcase is too wide to satisfy the carry-on requirements at most airlines, regardless. Brandon Widder, The Verge, 3 May 2024 The days of traditional workwear defined as suits, dress shirts, and briefcases are over. L.a. Hubilla, Peoplemag, 10 Apr. 2024 Brad Pitt plays an unconventional career criminal whose quest to retrieve a briefcase of cash is sidelined by gangsters, assassins (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry), and fancy toilets. Chris Snellgrove,, 2 Apr. 2024 They are not allowed to conduct business; even pulling papers out of a briefcase is looked down upon. Mark Landler, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 Purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag; coolers; briefcases; backpacks; fanny packs; cinch bags; luggage of any kind; computer bags; camera bags. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of briefcase was in 1900

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“Briefcase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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brief·​case ˈbrēf-ˌkās How to pronounce briefcase (audio)
: a flat case for carrying papers or books
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