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 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 According to a Silent Witness flyer about the incident, the urns appeared to be in boxes inside of a briefcase. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "2 urns with remains of man's parents stolen last month in Chandler, police said," 10 Mar. 2020 Best guess for the weapon that’s tucked inside that briefcase like Marcellus Wallace’s soul? Sara Netzley, EW.com, "Supergirl recap: The fantabulous emancipation of one Lena Luthor," 11 May 2020 For the past eight years, Lotuff Leather has been building up a reputation for premium totes, bucket shoulder bags, duffels, and briefcases that are made to last for generations. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A luxury leather company is using a post-apocalypse art thesis to survive the pandemic," 8 May 2020 In the downtown area, men dressed in business suits and carrying briefcases sported hand-sewn masks. Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "Most San Antonians appear to be following new face covering rule," 20 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of briefcase

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Briefcase.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/briefcase. Accessed 7 Jun. 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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