[bih-lawng-ing, -long-]


something that belongs.
belongings, possessions; goods; personal effects.

Origin of belonging

First recorded in 1595–1605; belong + -ing1
Related formsun·be·long·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belongings

Contemporary Examples of belongings

Historical Examples of belongings

  • The coachman was revolving in his own mind the question of the boy's belongings.

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • And that reminds me: I have a hammock somewhere among my belongings.

  • Linda rushed into the house and carried her belongings to her workroom.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • There was a scramble on the instant for muskets, bags, and belongings.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • The pin had been among the most valuable and cherished of his belongings.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

British Dictionary definitions for belongings


pl n

(sometimes singular) the things that a person owns or has with him; possessions; effects



secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)
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Word Origin and History for belongings

"goods, effects, possessions," 1817, from plural of verbal noun from belong.

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