va·​lise və-ˈlēs How to pronounce valise (audio)

Examples of valise in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That a kindly bellhop from The Balmoral, our hotel adjacent to the station, loaded our valises off a trolley cart did little to rein in these trappings. Ross Kenneth Urken, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 May 2024 For the kind of hopeful young women who once packed their sashes in their valises and got on the bus to come to Hollywood, only to find a hundred other small-town beauty queens already here, a pageant crown no longer has to be their only onramp to mobility and even cinema celebrity. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 25 Oct. 2023 The papers, not yet catalogued, are in three heavy archival boxes, organized by correspondent, and a valise of as-yet-unsorted items. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2023 But that narrow slot that grips your valise is nonetheless roomy enough for forward-pointing feet and ankles, because BMW cleverly carved a chunk out of each front seatback to accommodate knees and lower appendages. Jean Lindamood, Car and Driver, 23 Mar. 2023 The next week, Talley presented her with a Fendi valise. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2023 At the bottom of the pile of documents in the valise that Jeanie sent to the Morgan is a copy of the magazine dated March 10, 1956, containing E. B. White’s moving obituary for G. S. Lobrano. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2023 At the college archives, Creamer showed us more of the Stevens artifacts housed there, including a valise marked with his name and a photograph of the congressman’s boot maker. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 During a similar confrontation over seating a few weeks later, Ruggles was tossed off a moving train, got badly injured, and lost his valise and money. Graham Hodges, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Feb. 2020

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Word History


borrowed from French, "traveler's case, saddlebag," going back to Middle French, borrowed from Italian valigia, of obscure origin

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of valise was in 1615

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“Valise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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