from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Containers for a traveler's belongings.
  • n. The cases and belongings of a traveler.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The bags and other containers that hold a traveller's belongings.
  • n. The contents of such containers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is lugged; anything cumbrous and heavy to be carried; especially, a traveler's trunks, baggage, etc., or their contents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything to be carried that is cumbersome and heavy.
  • n. Baggage; especially, a traveler's baggage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cases used to carry belongings when traveling


Probably lug2 + (bag)gage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1590s, lug (“drag”) +‎ -age (“(noun)”) – literally “that which is lugged, dragged around”. Duplicate -g- is to clarify pronunciation of the vowel ‘u’ (which is pronounced unchanged from lug). Compare baggage. (Wiktionary)



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  • You are not alone. I tender in evidence the 'conductor' on the Eurolines bus service between Verona and Salzburg circa 7 years ago.

    December 30, 2010

  • At times I use this as a count noun: one luggage, two luggages, etc. This is an idiosyncratic usage.

    December 30, 2010