- of a size and shape suitable for being carried onto and stowed in the passenger compartment of an airplane: carry-on luggage.
- a piece of carry-on luggage.
Origin of carry-on
First recorded in 1950–55; adj., noun use of verb phrase carry on
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Examples from the Web for carry-on
You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
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She will then, at a time of her choosing, tuck it, say, into my carry-on bag just before I leave on a research trip.How I Write: Erik Larson Revisits ‘Isaac’s Storm’
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Anna and I lay down on the cold linoleum floor, pillowing our heads on our carry-on bags.Ciao, Roma! Hello, Newark!
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They also faced rigorous extra checks of carry-on bags, as well as some body searches, before boarding.An Airplane's Gift to Terrorists
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Moreover, I accomplished my goal of only packing a carry-on.Who Says the Book Business Is Dead?
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It was just her way of doing the carry-on for Aunt Clara Lamar.The House of Torchy