from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A usually rectangular piece of luggage for carrying clothing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flat valise, light enough to be carried by hand, originally intended to contain a gentleman's evening clothes or ‘dress-suit.’ Also called a dress-suit case.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun large (usually rectangular) piece of luggage used for carrying clothes, and sometimes suits, when travelling
  • verb to trade using samples in a suitcase

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a portable rectangular container for carrying clothes


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  • I said nothing

    to the woman I loved

    but gathered

    love's adjectives into a suitcase

    and fled from all languages.

    - Nizar Qabbani, 'Language'.

    October 10, 2008