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

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Here, the exact contents of each valise, for your shopping pleasure. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Goody Bags: All the Best Holiday Fashions, and the Suitcases to Pack Them In," 14 Dec. 2018 One of the more colorful is René Bejarano, who worked in AMLO’s city government but is better known for being caught on video in 2004 packing a valise with stacks of cash from Argentine businessman Carlos Ahumada. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Mexico’s Election Is in Play," 24 June 2018 The great dancer spends the next few moments unpacking items from a valise: books, a pint-size whisky bottle. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Arts / Dance / Poetry / Theater Brodsky/Baryshnikov is a meditation on mortality, with a little bit of dancing," 3 Feb. 2018 In the 1920s and 1930s, Calder transported the components of his three-ring show from place to place in as many as five valises. Henry Petroski, WSJ, "Review: The Most Elegant Tinkerer," 27 Oct. 2017 The lining of the valise had been replaced with Styrofoam designed to act like a Thermos, safeguarding whatever was inside from the atmospheric conditions outside. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Fifty years ago, the National Gallery of Art dispatched a team on a secret mission," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of valise

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for valise

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

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English Language Learners Definition of valise

old-fashioned : a small suitcase


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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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