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

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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Sorting through the suitcase and its contents, something changed. Mekita Rivas, Glamour, "My Mom Left Me Her '70s Maxi Dress. What I Learned About Style—and Life—Was so Much More," 10 May 2019 At the airport, there's no mistaking an Away suitcase. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Jen Rubio, President and Chief Brand Officer of Away," 25 Mar. 2019 Some families prefer an old suitcase or plastic tub stored under a bed or in a closet, Judge says. Melissa Kossler Dutton, The Seattle Times, "Wildfire haze is good reminder to update your go-bag. Here’s how," 21 Aug. 2018 Some families prefer an old suitcase or plastic tub stored under a bed or in a closet, Judge said. Washington Post, "What goes into a go-bag? How to prepare an emergency kit," 12 June 2018 Earlier this year, carriers including Delta, Alaska, and American banned checked luggage and carry-on suitcases with nonremovable batteries for fear that the batteries could spark fires. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Terrifying Video Shows Plane Passenger's Bag Catching On Fire In the Overhead Compartment," 26 Feb. 2018 The latest in the lineup, ROAM, puts the reins in your hands, offering sleek suitcases with customizable features. Sunset, "This New Custom Handmade Luggage Is #TravelGoals," 22 Jan. 2018 Trying to cram your cutest outfits into your suitcase. Nicole Saporita, Good Housekeeping, "14 Genius Packing Tips to Help You Travel Like a Pro," 9 Apr. 2019 The last set is Osprey's Packing Cube set, which stacks inside your suitcase and zips all the way around. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "These Discounted Osprey Bags Make Perfect Travel Companions," 27 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce suitcase (audio) \

Kids Definition of suitcase

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

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