Definition of baggage in English:



mass noun
  • 1Suitcases and bags containing personal belongings packed for travelling; luggage.

    ‘we collected our baggage before clearing customs’
    as modifier ‘a baggage allowance’
    • ‘The second plank of the prosecution case is forensic, with claims that drug and explosive residue was discovered on baggage belonging to the men.’
    • ‘The new powers, announced yesterday, include the authority to search personal baggage of travellers arriving from countries outside the European Union.’
    • ‘A policy should normally cover your belongings and baggage, but again look carefully at exclusions, excesses and ceilings on each claim.’
    • ‘Each weighs up to 20 kilograms - your baggage allowance on an economy flight.’
    • ‘Travellers are regularly being advised to ‘Keep all your personal baggage with you at all times’.’
    • ‘He plans to wean passengers off checked-in luggage over the long term, eliminating the need for baggage handling, suitcase holding areas and lost property.’
    • ‘United's baggage allowance on domestic flights does indeed limit suitcases to 50 pounds each.’
    • ‘Now under baggage handling, full luggage goes to the first floor of the airport and then comes back to the ground floor because of the lack of space.’
    • ‘I have packed my bags and baggage ready to go when I can and it's soon I'll book my passage home to the Isle of Man.’
    • ‘A sheet left inside suitcase luggage or travel baggage can prevent musty odors.’
    • ‘She travels with her baggage allowance of 70 pounds.’
    • ‘And it was written down that he would arrive at Heathrow airport in April 2001 with just a suitcase for baggage and a head filled with dreams.’
    • ‘The first thing on the agenda is off loading our baggage and going through customs.’
    • ‘Since the light aircraft from Christchurch to Napier can hardly lift nearly three tonnes of baggage, the luggage has to come via road after taking a lengthy detour.’
    • ‘To increase the meagre 15 kg baggage allowance to 20 kg costs an extra 15.’
    • ‘Unbeknown to him, a poison challis was slipped into his personal baggage.’
    • ‘A 30 kg baggage allowance would enable us to cart most of India's artefacts home with us.’
    • ‘The new regulation closes a major loophole by extending customs law to include personal baggage, typically used in the small-scale traffic of counterfeit items.’
    • ‘Carry-on baggage and luggage that is checked in will also be weighed.’
    • ‘The bus driver unloaded all suitcases and other baggage from the trunk.’
    luggage, suitcases, cases, bags, trunks
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    1. 1.1 The portable equipment of an army.
      ‘the artillery and baggage rumbled along the road’
      • ‘Cæsar had been marching with his legions—he had eight in his force—each followed by its own baggage, and so far, therefore, separated from each other.’
      • ‘They captured him, but left most of his baggage, together with a lot of papers, scattered about the bivouac where they had captured him.’
      • ‘If you can get upon the field, leaving all your baggage on the east bank of the river, it will be a move to our advantage and possibly save the day to us.’
      • ‘Part of the plot hinges on the assumption that Philia, the heroine, has been sold to a soldier as a piece of military baggage and the attempts by Pseudolus and his cohorts to prevent this.’
      • ‘With four folks in the front and rear buckets and only three hours of fuel plus reserve aboard, for example, you could bring along 300 pounds of baggage.’
      • ‘Soldiers marching with baggage, when they once enter on the southern or Pisidian route 3o miles west of the Limnai, must go on past the double lake.’
      • ‘A few introductory words about how the Romans transported their baggage is in order.’
      • ‘The Roman army baggage train contained all the features of subsequent logistic tails - food, ammunition, and specialist equipment.’
      • ‘The Tuareg were not so foolish as to allow this to happen so by mid summer the French commander was forced to make a bonfire of his baggage and equipment at Iferouane.’
      • ‘In the mean time my servants had arrived, the lost mattress was restored to the baggage, and West and I, in light marching order, started for Brussels.’
      • ‘Each first-class cavalryman, three or four second-class cavalrymen and sixteen infantrymen had a slave or paid servant to look after baggage and perform menial chores.’
      • ‘A brigade of infantry marching in column of fours, without its baggage, would take about 15 minutes to cross a bridge (moving at 2+mph).’
      • ‘The retreating army and its baggage carried the plague home with them in autumn 1349.’
      • ‘Legge, Therefore a wise prince, marching the whole day, does not go far from his baggage waggons.’
      • ‘The inconvenience and delay occasioned by the care of so much baggage caused the Romans to call it impedimenta.’
      • ‘The forage and baggage came into camp promptly, and this contributed greatly to celerity of movement and comfort for man and beast.’
      • ‘The Defenders, who have the Baggage Train, must deliver it no matter what the cost!’
      • ‘Our cannon, baggage and sick, were drawn by Mexican oxen, in Mexican carts.’
      • ‘Gallus eventually got his army away in the night, but he left behind 6,000 dead and all of his artillery and baggage.’
      • ‘At the first moment of sunrise the passage began, the troops marching across one bridge, the baggage and attendants crossing the other.’
  • 2Past experiences or long-held attitudes perceived as burdensome encumbrances.

    ‘the emotional baggage I'm hauling around’
    • ‘The baggage of his personal eccentricity weighs quite heavily on the film in which the villain is not some colourful underworld figure but the very father who gave you birth.’
    • ‘Most actors hate it when journalists make connections between them and the characters they play, but Rampling has never been afraid to admit how much personal baggage she brings to a part.’
    • ‘Because it seems to - you know, as you get a little bit older, you have all these - you have so much baggage that comes along with you.’
    • ‘Furthermore, if Russia is to be part of this larger zone of peace it cannot bring along its imperial baggage.’
    • ‘Her own personal baggage distinguishes her works.’
    • ‘Journalists normally fret about negative campaigning and condemn attacks that dig out personal baggage in a candidate's background.’
    • ‘And that could be said for everybody except Paddy, who carries the least burdensome emotional baggage.’
    • ‘During his music years, Gamble did some serious thinking and came to realize that the drive for civil rights brought negative baggage along with it.’
    • ‘With so much emotional baggage attached to their professions, doctors and nurses make perfect subjects for romantic drama.’
    • ‘If you want to drop a load of emotional baggage and experience some psychic weight loss, Gemini time makes it easy to lighten up.’
    • ‘However, the promise of non-lethal technologies comes with considerable baggage.’
    • ‘Instead, they move from set-piece to set-piece, seldom bringing anything but the most crude of psychological baggage along with them.’
    • ‘Some Black women carry heavy baggage along with their great credentials.’
    • ‘Exonerating can help free family members up from unnecessary burdens of past baggage.’
    • ‘It just seems some people I guess are often scared off by the baggage, the cultural baggage that goes along with it.’
    • ‘But this film is Australian, with quite specific historical baggage that goes along with Australian race relations.’
    • ‘I think every artist has to reveal little bit of their personal baggage on a record, but sometime when you are being creative, you take on a role.’
    • ‘The blind athlete would like the same opportunity to participate as anyone else without carrying along any baggage or special responsibilities.’
    • ‘Few players seem to reach big-time sport without some crises along the way, such as injuries, self-doubt, mismanagement or personal baggage.’
    • ‘In the other corner was the Minister of Finance, whose Government carries so much baggage it was terribly difficult for him to get in a blow with any force at all.’
  • 3dated count noun A cheeky or disagreeable girl or woman.

    ‘she was a mercenary little baggage’
    • ‘"She's a baggage, is that Rose Watson," she said, addressing a vagrant black-beetle in the kitchen which she had failed to squash, "with no more heart than a dead heifer."’
    • ‘I always knew she was a baggage.’
    • ‘She's a baggage, and shall never see another penny of mine,--that's flat!’
    • ‘And he said she was a baggage to have said what she had said.’


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