Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Plus d'un tour dans son sac...

Après les voyages, les bagages...


ATTACHÉ CASE a flat, usually rigid, rectangular briefcase for carrying business papers, documents, or the like.
Origin: 1900–05; attaché + case / ATTACHÉ 1825–35; < French literally : attached, past participle of attacher (to attach) / CASE 1250–1300; Middle English cas(s)e < Old French chasse <> caspa

BAGa container or receptacle of leather, plastic, cloth, paper, etc.
Origin: 1200–50; Middle English bagge < Old Norse baggi pack, bundle

BAGGAGE trunks, suitcases, etc., used in travelling
Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English bagage < Middle French, equiv. to Old French bag(ues) bundles, packs + -age < Old French < Latin -aticus adj. suffix;

LUGGAGE trunks, suitcases, etc., used in travelling
Origin: 1590–1600; lug + -age / LUG 1300–50; Middle English luggen < Scand; / -AGE Middle English < Old French < Latin -aticus adj. suffix;

(back) PACKa pack or knapsack to be carried on one's back
Origin: 1175–1225; (n.) Middle English pak, packe < Middle Dutch pac or perhaps Middle Low German pak;

POUCH a bag, sack, or similar receptacle, esp. one for small articles or quantities
Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English pouche < Old French poche

PORTMANTEAU a case or bag to carry clothing in while traveling, esp. a leather trunk or suitcase that opens into two halves.
Origin: 1575–85; < French portemanteau literally: (it) carries (the) cloak;

PURSE a woman's handbag, small bag, pouch
Origin: before 1100; (n.) Middle English, Old English purs, b. pusa (c. Old Norse posi) and Middle Latin bursa < Greek byrsa;

SACK a large bag of strong, coarsely woven material, as for grain, potatoes, or coal.
Origin: before 1000; Middle English sak (n.), Old English sacc (n.) < Latin saccus <>sákkos;

SAC a baglike structure in an animal, plant, or fungus, as one containing fluid
Origin: 1735–45; < Latin saccus

SUITCASE a usually rectangular piece of luggage especially for carrying clothes while travelling
Origin: 1900–05; suit + case / suit  1250–1300; Middle English siute, sute, suite (n.) < Old French, akin to sivre to follow. / case 1250–1300; Middle English cas(s)e <>chasse <>capsa

TRUNK a large, sturdy box or chest for holding or transporting clothes, personal effects, or other articles.
Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English trunke <>truncus

VALISE a small piece of luggage that can be carried by hand
Origin: 1605–15; < French <>valigia ; cf. Middle Latin valēsium

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