glad·​stone ˈglad-ˌstōn How to pronounce gladstone (audio)
 chiefly British  -stən
often capitalized
: a suitcase with flexible sides on a rigid frame that opens flat into two equal compartments

called also gladstone bag

Example Sentences

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

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Word History


W. E. Gladstone

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gladstone was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Gladstone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Glad·​stone ˈglad-ˌstōn How to pronounce Gladstone (audio)
city in western Missouri north of Kansas City population 25,410

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Glad·​stone ˈglad-ˌstōn How to pronounce Gladstone (audio)
chiefly British -stən
William Ewart 1809–1898 British statesman; prime minister (1868–74; 1880–85; 1886; 1892–94)
Gladstonian adjective

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