carry-on

noun
car·​ry-on | \ ˈker-ē-ˌȯn, ˈka-rē-, -ˌän\

Definition of carry-on

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 British : carrying-on
2 : a piece of luggage suitable for being carried aboard an airplane by a passenger

carry-on

adjective

Definition of carry-on (Entry 2 of 3)

: carried or suitable for being carried aboard carry-on baggage

carry on

verb

Definition of carry on (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to continue doing, pursuing, or operating carry on research carried on the business

intransitive verb

1 : to continue especially in spite of hindrance or discouragement chose to carry on despite the weather
2 : to behave or speak in a foolish, excited, or improper manner shocked at how he carries on

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Synonyms for carry-on

Synonyms: Noun

carryall, grip, handbag, holdall [chiefly British], portmanteau, suitcase, traveling bag, wallet

Synonyms: Verb

act out, act up, misbehave

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Examples of carry-on in a Sentence

Verb

a toddler crying and carrying on in the store she bravely carried on despite the loss of her husband

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The bronze statue of Kali is from Lalitpur, the ancient capital of arts in the Kathmandu Valley, all 175 pounds of it carried on the backs of men in the 1970s before the road arrived. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "On Your Next Trip to Nepal, Rent the House Sir Edmund Hillary Loved," 20 Dec. 2018 Now, the opportunity to carry on its legacy has arisen, since the property is currently listed by Sheena Martin of Re/Max River and Sea for $675,000. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Former Power Plant Is Hiding An Impeccable Modern Home," 11 Dec. 2018 The idea that anyone Prince Harry married would just slot right in, making three a cosy four, and things would carry on exactly as before was always a little unrealistic. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Are Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Really Feuding?," 3 Dec. 2018 The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried on its Aamaq news agency. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried on its Aamaq news agency. Zaheer Babar And Abdul Sattar, USA TODAY, "At least 74 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 13 July 2018 The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement carried on its Aamaq news agency. Zaheer Babar, BostonGlobe.com, "132 people die in election violence ahead of Sharif’s return," 13 July 2018 This park renovation is vitally needed to enable area youth the ability to carry on this incredible legacy and serve as Home base for the football legends who came before. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Orange Bowl breaks ground on $3 million Belle Glade football field renovation," 11 July 2018 While the story of Plane Bae, as it was affectionately nicknamed, continued to spread around the internet in one conveniently packaged, shareable moment, real life carried on — and real life comes with consequences. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "There's No Such Thing As A "Good" Viral Moment Anymore," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of carry-on

Noun

1890, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1967, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of carry-on was in 1600

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carry-on

noun

English Language Learners Definition of carry-on

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small piece of luggage that a passenger can carry onto an airplane

: a moment of excitement or silly behavior

carry-on

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of carry-on (Entry 2 of 2)

: small enough to be carried onto an airplane by a passenger

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