suit·​case | \ˈsüt-ˌkās \

Definition of suitcase 

: 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

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Nearly anyone who has checked luggage for a flight has found that slip of paper in their suitcase. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "TSA denies responsibility for late mother’s ashes spilling in NFL player’s suitcase," 10 July 2018 The marijuana was packaged at the Corvallis Cannabis Club, vacuum-sealed, placed into suitcases and driven or flown out of state, with thousands of dollars in proceeds deposited into different bank accounts, Schiltz wrote. Maxine Bernstein,, "Credit card fraud financed state-licensed Corvallis Cannabis Club, feds say," 12 June 2018 A few years ago, researchers revealed a technology called the Halo x-ray system, which allows baggage screeners to not only see items in suitcases and packages but can differentiate between substances, like shampoo and nitroglycerin. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 Mona arrived in Canada with three suitcases and a determination to further her education. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield company president's wife banned from entering United States," 2 July 2018 Nichols always kept a packed suitcase in his apartment, the marshal said. Author: Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, "He stole the identity of a dead 8-year-old. Police now want to know what he was hiding from.," 22 June 2018 Retailers in California are known to stuff piles of cash into shopping bags and suitcases when trucking payments to state tax collectors. Kimberly Veklerov, San Francisco Chronicle, "Federal cannabis bill would help California marijuana businesses get banking," 8 June 2018 Getting a bigger helicopter on the rover would be like trying to fit an overstuffed rolling suitcase in the overhead bin on your last cross-country flight. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Physics of NASA's New Mars Helicopter," 16 May 2018 Bloody clothing and maggots in a suitcase and the pings of a dead man’s cellphone led Boca Raton detectives to accuse a former judge’s heir of murder. Linda Trischitta,, "Boca Raton cops follow grisly evidence to son accused of killing ex-judge," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of suitcase

1897, in the meaning defined above

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5 Nov 2018

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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