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[vuh-lees or, esp. British, -leez] /vəˈlis or, esp. British, -ˈliz/
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
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  • Yes, it is, assented the young pitcher, for I did want Reggie Varley to know who really robbed his valise.

  • I will write you again as soon as we get into billets when I can find my valise.

  • The pieces of apparatus were finished and, after paying for them Mark put the parts in the valise.

  • Changing to a plain dress, she took up the valise and returned to Barbara.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • But by this time the marquis was speechless, and François, taking the valise in hand, deferentially left the room.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • When I had packed all these articles in my valise, I felt quite respectable.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • Everything was in perfect order, and the valise had been unpacked.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
  • I ate my breakfast, paid my bill, and left the hotel with my valise in my hand.

    Seek and Find Oliver Optic
  • "Very well, you may take this;" and the valise was passed over to Ben.

    Ben, the Luggage Boy; Horatio Alger
British Dictionary definitions for valise


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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