luggage

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

1590s, lug (drag) +‎ -age ((noun)) – literally “that which is lugged, dragged around”.[1] Duplicate -g- is to clarify pronunciation of the vowel ‘u’ (which is pronounced unchanged from lug). Compare baggage.

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luggage (uncountable)

  1. The bags and other containers that hold a traveller's belongings.
    • Jonathan Swift
      I am gathering up my luggage, and preparing for my journey.
  2. The contents of such containers.

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  1. ^ luggage” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).