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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small case or bandbox.
  • n. A chest or trunk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small traveling case or bandbox; formerly, a chest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A case for containing caps, collars, or other articles of apparel; a small traveling-case. In the seventeenth century it seems to have become a receptacle for papers, money, etc.

Etymologies

cap +‎ case? (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Complaint, Small Hability, and the like; the Vice, Ambidexter, who enters 'with an old capcase on his head, an old pail about his hips for harness, a scummer and a potlid by his side, and a rake on his shoulder'; and the same scuffling and horseplay when the comic element is uppermost.

    The Growth of English Drama

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