Definition of baggage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbæɡɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæɡɪdʒ//
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  1. 1  (especially North American English) = luggage excess baggage (= weighing more than the limit allowed on a plane) baggage handlers (= people employed to load and unload baggage at airports) (North American English) We loaded our baggage into the car. CollocationsTravel and tourismHolidays/​vacations have/​take (British English) a holiday/(North American English) a vacation/​a break/​a day off/(British English) a gap year go on/​be on holiday/​vacation/​leave/​honeymoon/​safari/​a trip/​a tour/​a cruise/​a pilgrimage go backpacking/​camping/​hitchhiking/​sightseeing plan a trip/​a holiday/​a vacation/​your itinerary book accommodation/​a hotel room/​a flight/​tickets have/​make/​cancel a reservation/(especially British English) booking rent a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a holiday cottage (especially British English) hire/ (especially North American English) rent a car/​bicycle/​moped stay in a hotel/​a bed and breakfast/​a youth hostel/​a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a caravan cost/​charge $100 a/​per night for a single/​double/​twin/​standard/(British English) en suite 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/​holiday/​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 business/​economy class make/​have a brief/​two-day/​twelve-hour stopover/(North American English also) layover in Hong Kong experience/​cause/​lead to delays check (in)/collect/​get/​lose (your) (especially British English) luggage/(especially North American English) baggage be charged for/​pay excess baggage board/​get on/​leave/​get off the aircraft/​plane/​ship/​ferry taxi down/​leave/​approach/​hit/​overshoot the runway experience/​hit/​encounter severe turbulence suffer from/​recover from/​get over your jet lag/​travel sicknessThe tourist industry attract/​draw/​bring tourists/​visitors encourage/​promote/​hurt tourism promote/​develop ecotourism build/​develop/​visit a tourist/​holiday/(especially British English) seaside/​beach/​ski resort work for/​be operated by a major hotel chain be served by/​compete with low-cost/(especially North American English) low-fare/​budget airlines book something through/​make a booking through/​use a travel agent contact/​check with your travel agent/​tour operator book/​be on/​go on a package deal/​holiday/​tour buy/​bring back (tacky/​overpriced) souvenirs Which Word?baggage / luggage Luggage is the usual word in British English, but baggage is also used, especially in the context of the bags and cases that passengers take on a flight. In North American English baggage is usually used. Both these words are uncountable nouns:Do you have a lot of luggage? Two pieces of luggage have gone missing. Never leave baggage unattended.
  2. 2the beliefs and attitudes that somebody 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.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French bagage (from baguer ‘tie up’), or bagues ‘bundles’; perhaps related to bag.Extra examples At the airport I found that I had 100kg of excess baggage. Extensive baggage trains followed the troops. Let’s claim our baggage first. She’s still carrying all that emotional baggage from her first marriage. The party has shed its ideological baggage. Where do we check (in) our baggage? the baggage reclaim hall Drugs were found in his baggage. Flights were cancelled because of a strike by baggage handlers. Go to the baggage claim area on the ground floor. I’ll just check in my baggage. Please do not leave baggage unattended. There is an excess baggage charge of $50.Idioms with all your possessions, especially secretly or suddenly He threw her out onto the street, bag and baggage.
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