suit·​case | \ ˈsüt-ˌkās How to pronounce suitcase (audio) \

Definition of suitcase

: a portable case designed to hold a traveler's clothing and personal articles

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Examples of suitcase in a Sentence

She packed her suitcases the night before she left. it'll be much easier to carry a backpack than to lug that suitcase all over the place
Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday, the luxury suitcase manufacturer expanded its 19 Degree line with several alternative versions of its bestselling luggage—each featuring recycled polycarbonate shells. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 17 July 2021 Was this an act of terrorism, perhaps the kind of suitcase bomb that brought down Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988? Mike Kelly, USA TODAY, 15 July 2021 Grubhub will deploy the suitcase-size rovers built by Russian tech company Yandex NV to some of the 250 colleges across the U.S. that Grubhub already operates in, the companies said Tuesday. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, 6 July 2021 Whichever suitcase snaps shut with the items needed inside wins. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The only open business was, bizarrely, a suitcase store, lights bright and elevator music echoing. Laura Van Den Berg, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Mar. 2021 Associated Press LONDON — Boarding pass, suitcase, passport and ... digital vaccination certificate? Kelvin Chan, USA TODAY, 26 May 2021 Encourage his spirit of adventure or prepare him for trips home with this durable, lightweight suitcase that is a true travel essential. Colin Daniels, Chron, 17 May 2021 AirTags can clip onto a suitcase, keychain, backpack, or any personal item. Gear Team, Wired, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of suitcase

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suitcase was in 1873

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26 Jul 2021

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“Suitcase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of suitcase

: a large case that you use to carry your clothing and belongings when you are traveling


suit·​case | \ ˈsüt-ˌkās How to pronounce suitcase (audio) \

Kids Definition of suitcase

: a rectangular case used to carry clothing and belongings when traveling

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