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 In it, a New Yorker winds up with a suitcase full of her employer’s cash in a condo complex where most of the tenants and all of the Thai staff harbor either guilty secrets or the fervent desire to accumulate a few. Richard Lipez, Washington Post, "Five new thrillers and mysteries that are perfect for the beach — or the bunker," 2 Aug. 2020 Of McCallister family-ing passport-first toward a departure gate with a wheelie suitcase nipping your heels. Raven Smith, Vogue, "The Art of Running Late: A Love Letter," 30 July 2020 Detective Mark Jamieson told NBC News that the teens did not open the suitcase and that police found a handful of other bags containing remains near the water that afternoon. NBC News, "Seattle teens recording TikToks find bags with remains of couple who died of gunshot wounds," 9 July 2020 Trade a stiff upper lip for a suitcase of gripes on an unabashed misadventure with the grumpy uncle of American travel writing. Jen Rose Smith, Washington Post, "These epic travel disasters will take the edge off your wanderlust," 10 July 2020 Living out of a suitcase: The Giants spend much of the first three weeks on the road, 14 of the initial 20 games. John Shea,, "Giants’ 2020 schedule: Five things to watch," 6 July 2020 The hybrid uses a twin-turbo 3.5L V6 engine, 35-kilowatt electric motor and a suitcase-sized lithium-ion battery bolted to the frame under the cab. cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 features and tech aim to delight owners and stump the competition," 4 July 2020 With his clean hands and green suitcase, though, Barojas looks like any other gentleman on a business trip. Lizzie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Alone and aging on the street," 10 July 2020 In the video, the teens laugh and joke about finding a suitcase through the app before becoming serious after opening the bag. Autumn Schoolman, USA TODAY, "Seattle authorities say 2 people found in suitcases by teens filming TikTok video died from gunshot wounds," 10 July 2020

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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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6 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Suitcase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce suitcase (audio)

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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