One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small travelling bag or suitcase.
suitcase, case, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bagView synonyms
- ‘You brought a valise with a change of clothes.’
- ‘Important papers should not be left in the outside pouches of valises that are thrown unceremoniously into the boot of a taxi.’
- ‘When he retired and returned to the UK, all he took with him were two valises and deep affection for Taiwan.’
- ‘The next morning, he knocked on her door, just as she burst out of it, followed by a train of servants carrying cases and valises.’
- ‘After ransacking his valise, they discover he is French.’
- ‘Sara gazed up at the house in dazed wonder, not noticing Mr. Lake's retrieval of her valise from the carriage or his offer of hand to steady her step down to the sidewalk.’
- ‘These men were observed to be of various statures, considerably variegated, and carried their worldly possessions in bundles, boxes, trunks, valises, and suitcases.’
- ‘She dressed in her warmest clothes, as the Spanish nights were terribly cold, and grabbed her valise.’
- ‘Carrying a cream valise and dressed in a white linen suit, his entrance, while not exactly grand, has a graceful style all its own.’
- ‘Adam dropped the valise on the floor.’
- ‘He put his valise on his lap, beneath his waxed greatcoat, tied his hat under his chin, propped his cane between his legs and settled down.’
- ‘You can almost picture a stern lady in a hoop skirt being helped down from the train, while a porter scurries to take her valise.’
- ‘We walked in silence and stood together, before the carriage door, as one of the footmen loaded my valise into the storage compartment.’
- ‘She removed her makeup kit, then a blue dress from the larger of their two valises.’
- ‘He grabbed his stuff, already packed into a large valise, and made a quick exit onto a neighboring roof through his window.’
- ‘She was dressed in a grey business-type suit and skirt, and clutched a leather valise to her chest.’
- ‘She moved back towards the carriage, pausing to smile at Nicholas, and asked Jeanette for something in her valise.’
- ‘She had cooked up yet another plot, and she packed her valise carefully making sure to take only those things that she would need.’
- ‘He stopped abruptly and gestured at a small valise next to the doorway.’
- ‘The evening before my surgery, I packed a small valise with a robe, slippers, toothbrush, toothpaste, two books, and bottled water, and set off to the hospital with my husband.’
Early 17th century: from French, from Italian valigia; compare with medieval Latin valesia, of unknown origin.
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