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baggage

[ bag-ij ]
/ ˈbæg ɪdʒ /
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noun
trunks, suitcases, etc., used in traveling; luggage.
the portable equipment of an army.
things that encumber one's freedom, progress, development, or adaptability; impediments: intellectual baggage that keeps one from thinking clearly; neurotic conflicts that arise from struggling with too much emotional baggage.
Archaic.
  1. a worthless woman.
  2. a prostitute or disreputable woman.
  3. Often Disparaging. a pert, playful young woman or girl: a pretty baggage; a saucy baggage.
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Origin of baggage

1400–50; late Middle English bagage<Middle French, equivalent to Old French bag(ues) bundles, packs (perhaps <Old Norse; see bag) + -age-age
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British Dictionary definitions for baggage

baggage
/ (ˈbæɡɪdʒ) /

noun
  1. suitcases, bags, etc, packed for a journey; luggage
  2. mainly US and Canadian (as modifier)baggage car
an army's portable equipment
informal, old-fashioned
  1. a pert young woman
  2. an immoral woman or prostitute
Irish informal a cantankerous old woman
informal previous knowledge and experience that a person may use or be influenced by in new circumstancescultural baggage

Word Origin for baggage

C15: from Old French bagage, from bague a bundle, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse baggi bag
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