suitcases, trunks, etc.; baggage.

Origin of luggage

First recorded in 1590–1600; lug1 + -age
Related formslug·gage·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for luggage

Contemporary Examples of luggage

Historical Examples of luggage

  • Get this gentleman's luggage, and bring it to that hansom there.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Suppose she has to pay excess on her luggage, or to wrangle about contraband?

  • Mr. Channing had actually gone himself to see after the luggage.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • The place to which the luggage is to go is printed on this card.

  • "I have omnibuses and carts for them and their luggage," were the first words that Roden spoke.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for luggage



suitcases, trunks, etc, containing personal belongings for a journey; baggage

Word Origin for luggage

C16: perhaps from lug 1, influenced in form by baggage
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Word Origin and History for luggage

1590s, from lug (v.) "to drag" + -age; so, literally "what has to be lugged about" (or, in Johnson's definition, "any thing of more weight than value"). In 20c., the usual word for "baggage belonging to passengers."

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