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[vuh-lees or, esp. British, -leez]
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  1. a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand, used to hold clothing, toilet articles, etc.; suitcase; traveling bag.

Origin of valise

1605–15; < French < Italian valigia, of obscure origin; compare Medieval Latin valēsium
Can be confusedbriefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet
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  1. a small overnight travelling case

Word Origin

C17: via French from Italian valigia, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for valise


1610s, "suitcase, soldier's kit bag," from French valise (1560s), from Italian valigia, of uncertain origin. Attested in Medieval Latin forms valisia (early 15c.), valixia (late 13c.).

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