luggage

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

1590s, lug(drag) +‎ -age, 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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) enPR: lŭg'ĭj, IPA(key): /ˈlʌɡɪdʒ/
  • Hyphenation: lug‧gage

Noun[edit]

luggage ‎(usually uncountable, plural luggages)

  1. (uncountable) 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. (uncountable) The contents of such containers.
  3. (countable, nonstandard or obsolete) A specific bag or container holding a traveller's belongings.
    • 1858, “Letter from Rev. George L. Seymour”, in The African Repository and Colonial Journal, volume 34, page 13:
      I assisted some time ago in cutting up a tree, that made tolerably good turns or luggages for nineteen or twenty persons, which could be procured for about two dollars at the stump.
    • 1875, W. G. Willson, Report of the Midnapore and Burdwan Cyclone of the 15th and 16th of October 1874[1]:
      The passengers injured who could not get out were removed out by the railway staff, and then taking part of the luggages the train started back for Burdwan.
    • 2012, Colin MacInnes, City of Spades[2]:
      Namely, leaving my luggages at the Government hostel, to go straight out by taxi (oh, so slow, compared with our sleek Lagos limousines!) to the famous central Piccadilly Tube station where I took a onestop ticket, went down on the escalator, and then ran up the same steps in the wrong direction.

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