Carry-on definition

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Designating lightweight luggage designed to be carried onto an airplane by a passenger, esp. if small enough to fit under an airplane seat or in an overhead compartment.
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Small or compact enough to be carried aboard and stowed on an airplane, train, or bus by a passenger.

Carry-on luggage.

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Alternative spelling of carry-on.
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A carry-on is a small piece of luggage brought onto a plane with a person.

An example of a carry-on is an overnight bag.

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A carry-on bag, suitcase, or other item.
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Such a piece of luggage.
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Alternative spelling of carry-on.
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Taken onto an airplane with a passenger, rather than checked.

It's a compact suitcase, but it makes a good carry-on bag.

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That luggage or baggage which is taken onto an airplane with a passenger, rather than checked.

Do you think they'll accept my ski poles as carry-on?

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The definition of carry-on is luggage that can be taken onto a plane.

An example of carry-on used as an adjective is in the phrase "carry-on bag."

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(UK, New Zealand) An activity that is done in an excessively excitable, or anxious manner.
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(idiomatic) To continue or proceed as before.

I'll be gone for a few days, but I hope you will carry on in my absence.

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To take baggage or luggage onto an airplane, rather than check it.

You may only carry on items that are smaller than a certain size.

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(idiomatic) To have or maintain.

It is difficult to carry on a conversation with so many distractions.

To carry on commerce in a market.

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(idiomatic) To act or behave; especially to misbehave so as to attract attention.

I really wish you wouldn't carry on like that in public!

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(idiomatic) To have an illicit sexual liaison.
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