Definition of luggage in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlʌɡɪdʒ/


[mass noun]
1Suitcases or other bags in which to pack personal belongings for travelling: upon landing, we waited and waited for our luggage
More example sentences
  • The young woman's luggage was packed in apparent readiness to travel to California.
  • So you have the choice: five people and luggage, or seven of you travelling luggage-free.
  • There was a warm breeze and she found all her luggage packed and ready to go.
baggage, bag and baggage, things, gear, belongings, kit, effects, goods and chattels, impedimenta, paraphernalia, accoutrements, rig, tackle;
bags, suitcases, cases, trunks
informal stuff, clobber
See also bag (sense 3 of the noun)
1.1Past experiences or long-held ideas and opinions perceived as burdensome encumbrances: carrying emotional luggage from the past


Late 16th century (originally denoting inconveniently heavy baggage): from lug1 + -age.

  • Luggage is basically something you lug about, from a late Middle English word, which is probably Scandinavian. The connection to lug for ‘ear’ is uncertain.

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