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Definition of baggage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1  bags, cases, etc. that contain someone's clothes and things when they are traveling excess baggage (= weighing more than the limit allowed on a plane) baggage handlers (= people employed to load and unload baggage at airports) We loaded our baggage into the car. Topic CollocationsTravel and Tourismvacations have/take a vacation/a break/a day off/a year off/time off go on/be on vacation/leave/honeymoon/safari/sabbatical/a trip/a tour/a cruise/a pilgrimage go backpacking/camping/sightseeing plan a trip/a vacation/your itinerary reserve a hotel room/a flight/tickets have/make/cancel a reservation rent a condo/a vacation home/a cabin rent a car/bicycle/moped/scooter/Jet Ski stay in a hotel/a bed and breakfast/a youth hostel/a villa/a trailer/a vacation home/a resort/a timeshare cost/charge $100 a/per night for a suite/a single/double/twin room check into/out of a hotel/a motel/your room pack/unpack your suitcase/bags call/order room service cancel/cut short a trip/vacationforeign travel apply for/get/renew a/your passport take out/buy/get travel insurance catch/miss your plane/train/ferry/connecting flight fly (in)/travel (in) first/business/economy class make/have a brief/two-day/twelve-hour layover/stopover in Hong Kong experience/cause/lead to delays check (in)/collect/get/lose your baggage/luggage be charged for/pay excess baggage fees board/get on/leave/get off the aircraft/plane/ship/ferry taxi down/leave/approach/hit/overshoot the runway experience/hit/encounter (mild/severe) turbulence suffer from/recover from/get over your jet lag/motion sickness be seasick/carsickthe tourist industry attract/draw/bring tourists/visitors encourage/promote/hurt tourism promote/develop ecotourism build/develop/visit a tourist/tropical/beach/ski resort work for/be operated by a major hotel chain be served by/compete with low-fare/low-cost/budget airlines use/go to/have a travel agent contact/check with your travel agent/tour operator buy/be on/go on a package deal/vacation/tour buy/bring back (tacky/overpriced) souvenirs
  2. 2the beliefs and attitudes that someone has as a result of their past experiences She was carrying a lot of emotional baggage. The party has now jettisoned its traditional ideological baggage.
Which Word?baggage / luggage / bags Baggage is the term used for the packed suitcases that travelers carry with them:I try not to check any baggage if I can. baggage handlers the baggage claim area in the airport Luggage is more formal than baggage and is often used to describe the empty bags themselves:I need to buy some new luggage for my vacation next month. Both baggage and luggage are noncount nouns:Do you have a lot of baggage? The couple had matching luggage. Bags are individual pieces of baggage:You're allowed one checked bag and one carry-on. How many bags do you have?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: baggage