One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bag like a briefcase having two equal compartments joined by a hinge.‘she carried a large black leather Gladstone bag in her hand’
suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, carpet bagView synonyms
- ‘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 one hand he carried a brown leather Gladstone bag.’
- ‘He spent the next 16 years wandering between England and Italy and the Middle East, his belongings held in a small Gladstone bag.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You can also try out antique medical equipment - in fact, the tour guide actually turns up with a Gladstone bag full of it.’
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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