from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Small or compact enough to be carried aboard and stowed on an airplane, train, or bus by a passenger: carry-on luggage.
  • n. A carry-on bag, suitcase, or other item.

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  • adj. Taken onto an airplane with a passenger, rather than checked.
  • n. That luggage or baggage which is taken onto an airplane with a passenger, rather than checked.
  • n. An activity that is done in an excessively excitable, or anxious manner.


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  • Weighing only eight ounces, this cute little speaker is light enough to toss in your carry-on and small enough to perch pretty much anywhere.

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  • More Airlines Balk at Tax Proposal "Ultra low cost" airlines have sprung up, led by Spirit Airlines Inc., which sells tickets for as little as $9, and makes its money charging passengers for such things as seat assignments and carry-on baggage.

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  • On a recent flight, the attendant insisted that I check my carry-on because there was no space left.

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  • It continues to keep under review the possibility of charging for carry-on bags, as rival Ryanair Holdings PLC does.

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  • Until then, even as commercial passengers were forced to remove their shoes, limit the amount of shampoo in their carry-on luggage and endure pat downs, hundreds of foreigners with known or suspected ties to terrorism passed through security and successfully flew to the United States each year, U.S. officials told the AP.

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  • The shift is planned as a first step, to be followed in 2013 by a complete lifting of the carry-on liquids restrictions at EU airports.

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  • “That was a little carry-on item starting with P,” Nilly said, and burped.

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  • He was holding a small piece of luggage similar to a carry-on bag.

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  • I was walking out my apartment, pulling my Ellen Tracy red crocodile carry-on behind me.

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  • The heels of my gray boots beat the tiles loud as hell while my carry-on rolled quiet as hell behind me.

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