[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. validity,
  2. validly,
  3. valinda,
  4. valine,
  5. valinomycin,
  6. valium,
  7. valkyrie,
  8. valkyries,
  9. valla,
  10. valla, lorenzo

Origin of valise

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

Can be confusedbriefcase 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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Word Origin and History for valise



1610s, "suitcase, soldier's kit bag," from French valise (1560s), from Italian valigia, of uncertain origin. Attested in Medieval Latin forms valisia (early 15c.), valixia (late 13c.).

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