brief·​case | \ ˈbrēf-ˌkās How to pronounce briefcase (audio) \

Definition of briefcase

: a flat flexible case for carrying papers or books

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The work entails arduous journeys by train, road, helicopter and boat, accompanied by porters who carry the briefcase-sized voting machines, registers, ink and other election paraphernalia on their backs. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 When InSight launched on May 5, 2018, two briefcase-sized vehicles were tucked off to the side of the lander—a pair of Cubesats called Mars Cube One, or MarCO. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why Mars InSight Will Be a Mission of Firsts," 23 Nov. 2018 Behind her followed an assistant, carrying two of the Queen's bags—one red leather purse, topped with a bouquet of matching flowers, and a vintage briefcase. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Travels to Sandringham for Christmas in Stylish Winter Outfit," 20 Dec. 2018 That last collection had the most interesting international touch of all: tops and scarves with the connected flags of the U.S., Russia, and Japan, all unveiled in the same place where the Kremlin’s nuclear briefcase from the Cold War is on display. Vogue, "How These 12 Boundary-Breaking Designers Continue to Think Globally," 13 Aug. 2018 Armed with her trusty briefcase of paint swatches and a knack for finding thrift-store gems, Brown created rooms that prove just how livable even the boldest color combinations can be. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Katie Brown's Connecticut House Has All the Color Inspiration You Need," 2 Feb. 2019 Gray sculpted briefcases and bags also showed real promise, the designs speaking for themselves in a show where the performance components sometimes threatened to drown out everything else. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "Our 5 Favorite Shows From the Men’s Runways in London," 11 June 2018 Similar in size to a briefcase or large cereal box, the satellites popped out from the rocket’s upper stage after liftoff and are hightailing it to Mars, right behind InSight. Washington Post, "WALL-E and EVE on their way to Mars with InSight," 5 May 2018 Speaking of product: The store will also include Delvaux’s first dedicated men’s space (mostly sleek briefcases, portfolios, and travel bags), and Loubier reported the label will introduce New York–specific bags and accessories. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Delvaux Just Opened Its First U.S. Flagship on One of the Most Iconic Corners in New York," 14 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce briefcase (audio) \

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: a flat case for carrying papers or books

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