Definition of briefcase in English:



  • A leather or plastic rectangular container with a handle for carrying books and documents.

    • ‘Both men were dressed in suits and had briefcases with them containing miscellaneous business papers.’
    • ‘Dozens of passer-by's walked past me, carrying their briefcases and their bags of work.’
    • ‘The Ambassador stormed past the Lieutenant-Colonel, carrying his briefcase firmly.’
    • ‘Most of them were carrying briefcases; they looked like they were coming home from work.’
    • ‘That is, until a bespectacled Arab man, in a business suit and carrying a briefcase, arrives one day on the bus.’
    • ‘But those conspicuously carrying briefcases and cellular phones must pay up.’
    • ‘In one hand he carries a briefcase and in the other a wire basket for his purchases.’
    • ‘He fell to his knees and released his grip on both the briefcase and the bag.’
    • ‘They carry data boards and briefcases and boxes filled with scientific paraphernalia.’
    • ‘Passengers carrying suitcases - or backpacks or briefcases - will have farther to walk to mass transit connections.’
    • ‘It was a picture of a figure carry a briefcase, in the action of handing it to the man with a scar.’
    • ‘Some are carrying briefcases instead of bookbags.’
    • ‘Chained to his wrist was a briefcase containing forged war plans about the upcoming invasion of Sardinia.’
    • ‘He was perched on a stool with a plastic briefcase at his feet and a half-supped pint of bitter in his hand.’
    • ‘Limit the time you spend carrying heavy briefcases, purses and bags.’
    • ‘Almost against his will, his hands moved to the two locks on either side of the briefcase's handle.’
    • ‘Harry just happens to have a bottle of whisky in his briefcase, and plastic cups.’
    • ‘They carried briefcases and had children in their arms.’
    • ‘But to my horror when I got downstairs there were two men dressed in black suits carrying black leather briefcases.’
    • ‘Carry your workout gear in your briefcase or pack it away in the trunk of your car.’
    travelling bag, travel bag, case, grip, valise, overnight case, portmanteau, vanity case, holdall
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