personal effects

plural noun

Definition of personal effects 

: privately owned items (such as clothing and jewelry) normally worn or carried on the person

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The auction will be handled by Ahlers and Ogletree, the same firm that oversaw the sale of many of Diane McIver’s personal effects, jewelry and clothing soon after her death in September 2016. Christian Boone, ajc, "Tex McIver’s Putnam County ranch on auction block," 11 July 2018 Many are identified by personal effects found with their bodies. Rob O'dell, azcentral, "What dead pigs can teach us about missing bodies in the Arizona desert," 5 July 2018 The phone was stolen from a patient who died earlier in June and was not turned over with the patient's other personal effects, court documents show. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "2 suspected of abusing disabled adults in El Mirage unlicensed care facility," 2 July 2018 If the furniture is in good shape and in demand, consider removing personal effects and collectibles and selling the house furnished. Robyn A. Friedman, WSJ, "Baby Boomers Are Downsizing and There’s A Problem: What To Do With All Their Stuff," 20 June 2018 This has been a good year so far for recovery of personal effects and remains. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, "Officials are racing an Alaska glacier that threatens to swallow what’s left of a 1952 plane crash that killed dozens," 20 June 2018 Richardson also knows the very personal effects of Alzheimer's on a family. Linda Gandee/special To,, "Alzheimer's Night of a Thousand Lights brings together those searching for answers; guest speaker said we are gaining on this," 14 May 2018 Politicians, with their notoriously grueling schedules, have intense relationships with often-gigantic bags that must carry ample hand sanitizer and other personal effects to take them through several events in a day. Rory Satran, WSJ, "We Found the Perfect Women’s Work Bags," 24 May 2018 His personal effects — photographs, letters from home, his money clip, high school class ring and service medals, including a Purple Heart — arrived later at the house in a big manila envelope. Karina Bland, azcentral, "An unexpected find in a Vietnam shop, a journey home for a Marine's dog tag," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of personal effects

1818, in the meaning defined above

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