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[bih-lawng-ing, -long-] /bɪˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, -ˈlɒŋ-/
something that belongs.
belongings, possessions; goods; personal effects.
Origin of belonging
1595-1605; belong + -ing1
Related forms
unbelonging, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for belongings
  • The bullock carried their personal belongings and the tools with which they could repair a break.
  • We went to his old daycare long enough to collect his personal belongings.
  • Their personal belongings were seized or destroyed during the operation.
  • The soldiers turned their attention to her personal belongings.
  • Similarly, it is not impermissible to have personal belongings.
  • For the trenches, dugouts and tunnels-many containing human remains and personal belongings-are ethical minefields too.
  • Several had their clothes ripped off and personal belongings stolen.
  • We treat our belongings as personal and do not welcome any invasion of privacy.
  • The students don't have many belongings at school though, so it was easy to move each of their personal metal trunks.
  • But do take appropriate precautions to keep your personal belongings safe, as pickpockets are becoming more prevalent.
British Dictionary definitions for belongings


plural noun
(sometimes sing) the things that a person owns or has with him; possessions; effects


secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)
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Word Origin and History for belongings

"goods, effects, possessions," 1817, from plural of verbal noun from belong.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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