• WordNet 3.6
    • n baggage cases used to carry belongings when traveling
    • n baggage the portable equipment and supplies of an army
    • n baggage a worthless or immoral woman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • baggage A man of bad character.
    • baggage A romping, saucy girl.
    • baggage A woman of loose morals; a prostitute. "A disreputable, daring, laughing, painted French baggage ."
    • baggage Purulent matter.
    • baggage The clothes, tents, utensils, and provisions of an army.
    • baggage The trunks, valises, satchels, etc., which a traveler carries with him on a journey; luggage. "The baronet's baggage on the roof of the coach.""We saw our baggage following below."
    • baggage Trashy talk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n baggage The bags, trunks, valises, satchels, packages, etc., and their contents, which a traveler requires or takes with him on a journey: now usually called luggage in Great Britain. In law, baggage includes whatever the passenger takes with him for his personal use or convenience, according to the habits or wants of the particular class to which he belongs, with reference either to the immediate necessities or to the ultimate purpose of the journey. (Chief Justice Cockburn.)
    • n baggage Specifically The portable equipment, including the tents, clothing, utensils, and other necessaries, of an army or other moving body of men; impedimenta.
    • n baggage Trash; rubbish; refuse.
    • baggage Trashy; rubbishy; refuse; worthless.
    • n baggage A worthless person, especially a worthless woman; a strumpet.
    • n baggage A playful, saucy young woman: a flirt: usually in conjunction with such qualifying words as cunning, sly, saucy, etc.
    • baggage Worthless; vile: said of persons: as, a baggage fellow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Baggage bag′āj the tents, provisions, and other necessaries of an army:
    • n Baggage bag′āj (U.S.) traveller's luggage; a worthless woman: a saucy woman.
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  • William Congreve
    “In my conscience I believe the baggage loves me, for she never speaks well of me herself, nor suffers any body else to rail at me.”
  • John Gay
    “Do you think your mother and I should have lived comfortably so long together, if ever we had been married? Baggage!”
  • Charles Dudley Warner
    Charles Dudley Warner
    “Simplicity is making the journey of this life with just baggage enough.”
  • Mark Russell
    Mark Russell
    “The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline baggage.”


Bag and baggage - Bag and baggage means all your possessions, especially if you are moving them or leaving a place.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bagage, from OF. bague, bundle. In senses 6 and 7 cf. F. bagasse, a prostitute. See Bag (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bagagebaguer, to bind up, from which we may infer all the meanings, without reference to Fr. bagasse, It. bagáscia, a strumpet.


In literature:

He then ordered the soldiers to throw down their baggage, and to keep only their arms and stakes.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
So his new friends hesitated to tell him that half of his baggage was not necessary.
"On the Edge of the Arctic" by Harry Lincoln Sayler
The boys turned back to the hotel to secure their hand baggage.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Exchange your baggage checks for camp claim checks.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
Baggage is only baggage.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
Sometime when we have no baggage you shall ride with the chauffeur.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
Afterward she stowed her baggage in the boat.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Our baggage was rescued by our nephews alone.
"Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror" by Richard Linthicum
Let us burn our baggage wagons and tents, and carry with us nothing but what is of the strictest necessity.
"The Two Great Retreats of History" by George Grote
They were "Hotel d'Italie, Rue Caumartin, Paris," and a baggage number, "517.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

Our baggage totters on its roof,
Of Vanity and Care,
As Hope, the postboy, spurs each hoof,
Or heavy-eyed Despair.
"At The Sign Of The Skull" by Madison Julius Cawein
Easy 'tis following the chariot
That by Fortune is driven,
Like the baggage that moves
Over well-mended highways
After the train of a prince.
"Winter Journey Over The Hartz Mountain" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Back along the woodland, all the day is dead,
All the green has turned to gray, and all the gold to lead;
O 'tis bitter cruel, sweet, to treat a lover so:
If only I were half a man . . . I'd let the baggage go.
"Broken Tryst" by Richard Le Gallienne
So for your face I have exchanged all faces,
For your few properties bargained the brisk
Baggage, the mask-and-magic-man's regalia.
Now you become my boredom and my failure,
Another way of suffering, a risk,
A heavier-than-air hypostasis.
"To My Wife" by Philip Larkin

In news:

NEW YORK — The testimony at a federal drug trafficking trial was chilling: Jurors heard how bribed baggage handlers at John F Kennedy International Airport concealed cocaine on commercial jets inside sensitive wing assembly compartments.
If you're checking baggage, don't pack items you can't do without.
It may just wind up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center (UBC) in Alabama, which buys items after an extensive search for their owners.
Thieves don't want to be caught red-handed with distinctively colored baggage.
The heaviest of family baggage is carried by five among the second and third-generation descendants of Hitler 's most notorious henchmen, who candidly share their unfortunate legacy.
He just packs his baggage and hits the road.
Getaway Car Found in Slaying of L.A. Spain Leads The Way In Fighting Airline Baggage Fees.
This is af frame grab from You Tube of Dave Carroll and his band mates from the Halifax band Sons of Maxwell from their video about how United Airlines baggage handlers broke one of their guitars.
Tele-buddy Terry Morrow asks 'House' Kal Penn if his 'Harold and Kumar' role brings 'baggage'.
Take Spirit Airlines, whose website lists 72 fees in eight different categories, including baggage fees, seat fees and onboard food and drink fees.
Everyone brings some kind of baggage to a relationship, whether it's a past divorce, personal struggles, or, like what might be the case with One Direction's Harry Styles, koala chlamydia.
Baggage kit in green, yellows, and orange (Franck Boston).
Libby 's price tag is four times what baggage handler Robert Harrell makes in a year.
If you've flown even just once in your life, you've witnessed the drama that can happen in an airport: Mad dashes to make a flight, baggage issues, and, of course, security check-in.

In science:

However, the reader who feels that locally presentable categories and essentially algebraic theories are more technical baggage than he or she wishes to carry may safely skip this subsection and move on to Section 2.
Weak Omega Categories I
They are ‘excess baggage’ that has to be discarded to reach a more comprehensive theory .
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
Emergence and excess baggage are two ways of looking at the same thing.
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
Physics is replete with examples of emergence and excess baggage ranging from Earth-centered theories of the solar system to quantum electrodynamics.
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
The excess baggage that must be jettisoned at each stage to reach a more general perspective is indicated in the middle tower of boxes.
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime