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baggage

[bag-ij]
noun
1.
trunks, suitcases, etc., used in traveling; luggage.
2.
the portable equipment of an army.
3.
things that encumber one's freedom, progress, development, or adaptability; impediments: intellectual baggage that keeps one from thinking clearly; neurotic conflicts that arise from struggling with too much emotional baggage.
4.
Archaic.
a.
a worthless woman.
b.
a prostitute or disreputable woman.
c.
Often Disparaging. a pert, playful young woman or girl: a pretty baggage; a saucy baggage.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English bagage < Middle French, equivalent to Old French bag(ues) bundles, packs (perhaps < Old Norse; see bag) + -age -age

bag, baggage, luggage, pack, sac, sack.
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baggage (ˈbæɡɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  a.  suitcases, bags, etc, packed for a journey; luggage
 b.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (as modifier): baggage car
2.  an army's portable equipment
3.  informal, old-fashioned
 a.  a pert young woman
 b.  an immoral woman or prostitute
4.  informal (Irish) a cantankerous old woman
5.  informal previous knowledge and experience that a person may use or be influenced by in new circumstances: cultural baggage
 
[C15: from Old French bagage, from bague a bundle, perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse baggibag]

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baggage
mid-15c., from O.Fr. bagage "baggage, (military) equipment" (14c.), from bague "pack, bundle, sack," ultimately from the same Scandinavian source that yielded bag.
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