Definition of baggage in English:


Syllabification: bag·gage
Pronunciation: /ˈbagij


  • 1Personal belongings packed in suitcases for traveling; luggage.
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    • A sheet left inside suitcase luggage or travel baggage can prevent musty odors.
    • The new powers, announced yesterday, include the authority to search personal baggage of travellers arriving from countries outside the European Union.
    • She travels with her baggage allowance of 70 pounds.
  • 1.1The portable equipment of an army.
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    • The Roman army baggage train contained all the features of subsequent logistic tails - food, ammunition, and specialist equipment.
    • The retreating army and its baggage carried the plague home with them in autumn 1349.
    • Gallus eventually got his army away in the night, but he left behind 6,000 dead and all of his artillery and baggage.
  • 2Past experiences or long-held ideas regarded as burdens and impediments: the emotional baggage I’m hauling around the party jettisoned its traditional ideological baggage
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    • If you want to drop a load of emotional baggage and experience some psychic weight loss, Gemini time makes it easy to lighten up.
    • And that could be said for everybody except Paddy, who carries the least burdensome emotional baggage.
    • Exonerating can help free family members up from unnecessary burdens of past baggage.


late Middle English: from Old French bagage (from baguer 'tie up'), or bagues 'bundles'; perhaps related to bag.

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