American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small piece of hand luggage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A receptacle for travelers' use for clothes and articles of toilet. The name is generally given to a leather case of moderate size, opening wide on a hinge or like a portfolio, as distinguished from a bag on the one hand and a portmanteau on the other.
- n. Milit., a cylindrical portmanteau of leather, about 18 inches long, placed on the saddle of each off horse of an artillery-carriage, and containing the. smaller articles of the driver's personal equipment.
- n. A piece of hand luggage such as a suitcase or travelling bag.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small sack or case, usually of leather, but sometimes of other material, for containing the clothes, toilet articles, etc., of a traveler; a traveling bag; a portmanteau.
- n. a small overnight bag for short trips
- French, akin to Medieval Latin valisia. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Italian valigia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Philipson, “is the loan of a mule to carry my valise, which is packed up with your baggage.””
“As the bell ceases its clanging on reaching the platform, he seems to pull his cap down purposely, and otherwise to gather himself into the plushy depths of his warm furs, he hires the first cabman that accosts him, shoves in his heavy valise, which is all the baggage he has, and in a gruff sort of voice, orders to be driven to the "Albion Hotel.”
“His pockets were filled with silver quarters, half-dollars, and dollars almost to a burdensome point, and in his valise was a bag full of smaller change, including many rolls of copper cents which Alice always counted and packed up on Mondays.”
“Having come into possession of a little valise which is not mine, I am getting rid of it in the following manner.”
“His companion's attention, however, was devoted so earnestly to the big black "valise," that he couldn't have told, for the life of him, whether the customers were young or old, black or white.”
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“Suddenly Diaz dismounted, and picked up off the sand a dark object; it was a kind of valise, which Diaz at once recognised as belonging to”
“I came, you know, with just a little valise, meaning to stay for a fortnight, and yet I've now been here for nearly three months, and am no more advanced than I was on the morning of my arrival. ”
“Abraham Lincoln" stepped from the gray Toyota minivan outside the Baltimore train station Wednesday, grabbed his carpetbag and leather valise and put on his stovepipe hat.”
“ICP quickly labeled the find "The Mexican Suitcase," named after the country and the brown valise where for decades some of the negatives had been safeguarded.”
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