1714 as a type of carriage; in the baggage sense from 1884; from carry (v.) + all (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for carry-all

Historical Examples of carry-all

  • When the throng came out to the carry-all I was there and mounted.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • I asked, with a worse frown than ever, as he stepped into the carry-all and took the lines.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • I neutralized his shield, collapsed him and stored him in my carry-all.

  • Hilma followed the farm wagon in the Derricks' carry-all, with Magnus and his wife.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • Carry-all is also French in origin, despite its English quality.

    The American Language

    Henry L. Mencken