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[vuh-lees or, esp. British, -leez] /vəˈlis or, esp. British, -ˈliz/
a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand, used to hold clothing, toilet articles, etc.; suitcase; traveling bag.
Origin of valise
1605-15; < French < Italian valigia, of obscure origin; compare Medieval Latin valēsium
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Examples from the web for valise
  • Luggage to be transported shall be restricted to suitcase and valise type.
  • He insisted that he could account for every odd tote bag, duffel and valise.
  • There is a combination of banana and the leather smell of a valise containing food, that is to many people an immediate emetic.
  • Everything you need to set up an encrypted mesh network on the sly, all concealed inside an ordinary valise.
  • Another brewer lost a watch, and three others lost diamond pins, and a fourth is looking for his valise and clothes.
British Dictionary definitions for valise


a small overnight travelling case
Word Origin
C17: via French from Italian valigia, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for valise

1610s, "suitcase, soldier's kit bag," from French valise (1560s), from Italian valigia, of uncertain origin. Attested in Medieval Latin forms valisia (early 15c.), valixia (late 13c.).

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