briefcase

[breef-keys]

noun

a flat, rectangular case with a handle, often of leather, for carrying books, papers, etc.

Nearby words

  1. bridle suture,
  2. bridlewise,
  3. bridoon,
  4. brie,
  5. brief,
  6. briefer,
  7. briefing,
  8. briefless,
  9. brieflessly,
  10. briefly

Origin of briefcase

1925–30; brief (noun) + case2

Can be confusedbriefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet

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British Dictionary definitions for briefcase

briefcase

noun

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

briefcase

n.

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

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