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[breef-keys] /ˈbrifˌkeɪs/
a flat, rectangular case with a handle, often of leather, for carrying books, papers, etc.
Origin of briefcase
1925-30; brief (noun) + case2
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  • One of the men opened a briefcase and removed a large, dully gleaming band.

    Final Weapon Everett B. Cole
  • He let the half-question hang in the air as he took a sheaf of papers from his briefcase.

    By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett
  • She came last, carrying her briefcase full of important school papers.

    Baartock Lewis Roth
  • Joshua Lake entered the office with his hat in one hand and a briefcase in the other.

    The Big Tomorrow Paul Lohrman
  • At the far end, Reinhart and Dixon watched uneasily as the big Pole removed papers from his briefcase and carefully examined them.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
British Dictionary definitions for briefcase


a flat portable case, often of leather, for carrying papers, books, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for briefcase

"portable folding case for holding papers," 1926, from brief (n.) in the paper sense + case (n.2).

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