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Gladstone bag Line breaks: Glad|stone bag
Pronunciation: /ˈɡladst(ə)n/

Definition of Gladstone bag in English:


A bag like a briefcase having two equal compartments joined by a hinge: she carried a large black leather Gladstone bag in her hand
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  • Wilde was writing at a time long before suitcases, or even Gladstone bags, had to pass through X-ray machines on their way into Left Luggage.
  • In fact, as a baby, he was discovered in a Gladstone bag in the left luggage office at Victoria station and adopted by a kindly couple from the landed gentry.
  • He spent the next 16 years wandering between England and Italy and the Middle East, his belongings held in a small Gladstone bag.


Late 19th century: named after W. E. Gladstone (see Gladstone, William Ewart), who was noted for the amount of travelling he undertook when electioneering.

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