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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This time the victim was Rick Snyder, and the man didn’t even have the chance to unpack his suitcases. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 11 July 2019 After all, who wants to lug another thing around in their suitcase? Glamour, "The Best Audiobooks to Listen to This Summer," 2 July 2019 As Pavarotti’s international career blossomed, his professional and personal lives inevitably diverged, though the singer tried to stay connected to his home in Modena by traveling with suitcases of his favorite foods. Kenneth Turan, Detroit Free Press, "Ron Howard crafts an emotional tribute to Pavarotti," 27 June 2019 The mission, led by principal investigator and CU professor Dan Scheeres, would employ two suitcase-sized satellites equipped with both visible and infrared cameras to take images of the asteroids. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "NASA selects Lockheed Martin-CU team as one of three finalists for deep-space mission," 21 June 2019 Wall Street firms sent buyers to auctions with suitcases of cash. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "The Future of Housing Rises in Phoenix," 19 June 2019 Could that mean Defrancesco has hubby Marc Jacobs tucked away in his suitcase? Rosy Cordero,, "Exclusive: Watch Lil' Kim set sail with Mya, Chilli, and the Girls Cruise cast in new teaser trailer," 17 June 2019 Inside the garage, there’s a security pod, manned 24 hours a day, a wall of shelves with boxes of Adidas Yeezy Boost sneakers stacked to the ceiling, another with fifteen identical oversize black suitcases. Jonathan Van Meter, Vogue, "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West," 10 Apr. 2019 Careem prides itself on its personal service, and captainahs, just like captains, are expected to open doors and help with suitcases. Aryn Baker / Riyadh, Time, "We Took a Ride With Saudi Arabia's First Women Taxi Drivers," 25 June 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 How to pronounce suitcase (audio) \

Kids Definition of suitcase

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

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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