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briefcase

[breef-keys]
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noun
  1. a flat, rectangular case with a handle, often of leather, for carrying books, papers, etc.
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Origin of briefcase

1925–30; brief (noun) + case2
Can be confusedbriefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet
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Related Words for briefcase

bag, folder, baggage, case, portfolio, dispatch, valise

Examples from the Web for briefcase

Contemporary Examples of briefcase

Historical Examples of briefcase

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

    The Big Tomorrow

    Paul Lohrman

  • Arnold hesitated, eyeing the briefcase in Beardsley's clutch.

  • Even his name was initialed on the outside of the briefcase.

    Forever

    Robert Sheckley

  • He caught a flash of metal from his briefcase, and, still running, looked at it.

    Forever

    Robert Sheckley

  • The man on his left must have done that when he slapped the briefcase.

    Forever

    Robert Sheckley


British Dictionary definitions for briefcase

briefcase

noun
  1. a flat portable case, often of leather, for carrying papers, books, etc
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Word Origin and History for briefcase

n.

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

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