suit·​case | \ ˈsüt-ˌkās \

Definition of suitcase

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

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Synonyms for suitcase


carry-on, carryall, grip, handbag, holdall [chiefly British], portmanteau, traveling bag, wallet

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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

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Those include the more obvious AmazonBasics brand, which makes everything from suitcases to batteries, the Happy Belly brand of foods and the Mama Bear baby-products brand. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "Brands Invent New Lines for Only Amazon to Sell," 25 Jan. 2019 The carry-on bags are also getting larger and larger, whereas in the past, someone may have only brought a purse on board and checked a maybe-too-large suitcase. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 Moments later, a homeless man, immense and treading gingerly, rolled a suitcase through the electric doors into the precinct. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 Climbing in and out was a struggle, rear visibility was virtually nonexistent and there was no room for a proper suitcase. Sam Walker, WSJ, "In Chasing Perfection, Ferruccio Lamborghini Took the Fast Lane," 31 May 2018 Your bulkiest sweater or warmest winter coat will no doubt take up space in your suitcase, so eliminate that issue all together by layering them on during your journey. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "7 Convenient and Comfortable Travel Outfits," 17 Dec. 2018 If Taylor Swift was, in fact, hiding in her suitcase, no one would blame her. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Did Zayn Malik Just Confirm This Wild Fan Theory About Taylor Swift?," 14 Nov. 2018 With that in mind, Market Editor Anny Choi has assembled a whole suitcase-load of looks fit for the most stylish of winter escapes. Maria Ward, Vogue, "The Hot List: 15 Looks You Need for Your Next Beach Vacation," 13 Dec. 2018 Raden suitcases were put on tons of best luggage roundups. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "When the “best” busts: the spectacular rise and fall of smart luggage startup Raden," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of suitcase

1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of suitcase was in 1897

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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 \

Kids Definition of suitcase

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

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