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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And then there was this: a packed suitcase in Chadwick's car. CBS News, "Peter Chadwick caught: Fugitive murder suspect goes from real estate millionaire to bussing tables during years on the run," 10 Aug. 2019 An Instagram influencer in Russia who amassed tens of thousands of followers has been discovered dead, stuffed in a suitcase in her own Moscow apartment days after posting vacation photos from a trip to the Greek island of Corfu. Fox News, "Russian Instagram influencer found dead with stab wounds stuffed in suitcase at her own Moscow apartment," 30 July 2019 Mani's body was found stuffed inside a suitcase in Neal's storage facility in the 7800 block of West Tower Street in Milwaukee. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend," 18 July 2019 Another woman, suitcase in hand, also asked him how to find the train station. Dallas News, "For Dallas-area officers coping with trauma after July 7 ambush and other shootings, a focus on mental wellness," 7 July 2019 So the family set out on its own, homeless for two nights, sleeping on park benches with blankets and suitcases in tow. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Must Reads: At this L.A. supper club, refugees share food and memories of the lives they left behind," 31 May 2019 Yesterday, entourage and suitcases in tow, Shahidi made for a train with her signature cloud of kinks secured in a duo of extended—and entirely elevated—pigtails. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Yara Shahidi Does Travel Beauty Right in Waist-Grazing Twin Pigtails," 28 Aug. 2018 The suitcases were later recovered in a nearby dumpster., "Police: Surveillance cameras stolen from Whittier Elementary School in Oak Park," 16 July 2019 Bonus: The suitcase can hold up to 12 bottles, and the foam bottle holders are removable. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Wine Suitcase is What You Didn’t Know You Needed For Your Next Vacation," 2 July 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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