[ vuh-lees or, esp. British, -leez ]
/ vəˈlis or, esp. British, -ˈliz /


a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand, used to hold clothing, toilet articles, etc.; suitcase; traveling bag.

Origin of valise

1605–15; < French < Italian valigia, of obscure origin; compare Medieval Latin valēsium

Can be confused

briefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for valise


/ (vəˈliːz) /


a small overnight travelling case

Word Origin for valise

C17: via French from Italian valigia, of unknown origin
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