baggage /ˈbaɡɪdʒ/


I. noun [ mass noun]

1. suitcases and bags containing personal belongings packed for travelling; luggage.

we collected our baggage before clearing customs.
[as modifier]
a baggage allowance.
2. the portable equipment of an army.

the artillery and baggage rumbled along the road.
3. past experiences or long-held attitudes perceived as burdensome encumbrances

the emotional baggage I’m hauling around.
4. [ count noun]
‹dated› a cheeky or disagreeable girl or woman.

she was a mercenary little baggage.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French bagage (from baguer ‘tie up’), or bagues ‘bundles’; perhaps related to bag.

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