Definition of luggage in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Suitcases or other bags in which to pack personal belongings for travelling:

    ‘upon landing, we waited and waited for our luggage’
    • ‘When it comes to carrying luggage, pack all your bags, no matter how much space they occupy.’
    • ‘We explain that we are a large group, with many people, and much luggage.’
    • ‘Jake, the limo driver, loaded their luggage in the trunk then got into the drivers seat.’
    • ‘The bag was discovered among luggage from the commuter trains lost after the attacks.’
    • ‘After the breakfast we went outside where the carriage was waiting with my luggage on the back.’
    • ‘There was a warm breeze and she found all her luggage packed and ready to go.’
    • ‘The potential weapons were carried in clothing or stuffed into luggage.’
    • ‘So you have the choice: five people and luggage, or seven of you travelling luggage-free.’
    • ‘One of the women was seen carrying luggage and climbing into a car with two men.’
    • ‘Strewn on the tarmac in front of the airplane is luggage and cargo from the plane.’
    • ‘Posting it would cost half as much again as its purchase price, so she casually slings it in her luggage.’
    • ‘The young woman's luggage was packed in apparent readiness to travel to California.’
    • ‘His luggage, on every journey, is filled with tokens of the land, and people he had visited.’
    • ‘My cousin went to open the trunk of the car and I helped the suitcase man wrap the luggage in a large plastic bag.’
    • ‘The last day we bought some more things to take back home and were again heavily loaded with luggage.’
    • ‘He wanted a car small enough to thread through city streets, yet big enough to take three people and their luggage.’
    • ‘Shane said he thought that it would be safer to hang onto the tape of the demo tracks rather than leave it in his luggage.’
    • ‘Hoops have also been added to luggage racks to prevent luggage being thrown around.’
    • ‘That's why in all my travels my luggage has ever been stolen, nor has anything ever been stolen from it.’
    • ‘She made her way uncomfortably past the piles of luggage to grab her own bags.’
    baggage, bag and baggage, things, gear, belongings, kit, effects, goods and chattels, impedimenta, paraphernalia, accoutrements, rig, tackle
    bags, suitcases, cases, trunks
    stuff, clobber
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    1. 1.1 Past 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 lug + -age.