noun, often capitalized
glad·​stone | \ ˈglad-ˌstōn How to pronounce gladstone (audio) , chiefly British -stən \

Definition of gladstone

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a suitcase with flexible sides on a rigid frame that opens flat into two equal compartments

called also gladstone bag


biographical name
Glad·​stone | \ ˈglad-ˌstōn How to pronounce Gladstone (audio) , chiefly British -stən \

Definition of Gladstone (Entry 2 of 3)

William Ewart 1809–1898 British statesman; prime minister (1868–74; 1880–85; 1886; 1892–94)


geographical name
Glad·​stone | \ ˈglad-ˌstōn How to pronounce Gladstone (audio) \

Definition of Gladstone (Entry 3 of 3)

city in western Missouri north of Kansas City population 25,410

Other Words from gladstone

Biographical name

Gladstonian \ ˌglad-​ˈstō-​nē-​ən How to pronounce Gladstone (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gladstone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Gladstone allows residents to hold two garages sales a year outside of the city-wide sale. Kansascity,, 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of gladstone


1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gladstone


W. E. Gladstone

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“Gladstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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