Definitions

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

  • n. A small piece of hand luggage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of hand luggage such as a suitcase or travelling bag.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small sack or case, usually of leather, but sometimes of other material, for containing the clothes, toilet articles, etc., of a traveler; a traveling bag; a portmanteau.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A receptacle for travelers' use for clothes and articles of toilet.
  • n. Milit., a cylindrical portmanteau of leather, about 18 inches long, placed on the saddle of each off horse of an artillery-carriage, and containing the. smaller articles of the driver's personal equipment.

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

  • n. a small overnight bag for short trips

Etymologies

French, from Italian valigia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, akin to Medieval Latin valisia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Philipson, “is the loan of a mule to carry my valise, which is packed up with your baggage.”

    Anne of Geierstein

  • As the bell ceases its clanging on reaching the platform, he seems to pull his cap down purposely, and otherwise to gather himself into the plushy depths of his warm furs, he hires the first cabman that accosts him, shoves in his heavy valise, which is all the baggage he has, and in a gruff sort of voice, orders to be driven to the "Albion Hotel."

    Honor Edgeworth Ottawa's Present Tense

  • His pockets were filled with silver quarters, half-dollars, and dollars almost to a burdensome point, and in his valise was a bag full of smaller change, including many rolls of copper cents which Alice always counted and packed up on Mondays.

    The Damnation of Theron Ware

  • Having come into possession of a little valise which is not mine, I am getting rid of it in the following manner.

    Crooked Trails and Straight

  • His companion's attention, however, was devoted so earnestly to the big black "valise," that he couldn't have told, for the life of him, whether the customers were young or old, black or white.

    Anderson Crow, Detective

  • The former was carrying a square black "valise," inadequately described by

    Anderson Crow, Detective

  • Suddenly Diaz dismounted, and picked up off the sand a dark object; it was a kind of valise, which Diaz at once recognised as belonging to

    Wood Rangers The Trappers of Sonora

  • I came, you know, with just a little valise, meaning to stay for a fortnight, and yet I've now been here for nearly three months, and am no more advanced than I was on the morning of my arrival. "

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris

  • "Abraham Lincoln" stepped from the gray Toyota minivan outside the Baltimore train station Wednesday, grabbed his carpetbag and leather valise and put on his stovepipe hat.

    Abraham Lincoln rides to Washington, 150 years later

  • ICP quickly labeled the find "The Mexican Suitcase," named after the country and the brown valise where for decades some of the negatives had been safeguarded.

    Mishandled Baggage Arrives 70 Years Later

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  • "They take my valise and herd me toward their running car." Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

    October 17, 2010