Gladstone-bag meaning

A piece of hand luggage traditionally having a hinged frame and opening into two compartments.
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(dated) An early hinged bag, a precursor of the modern briefcase.
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Origin of gladstone-bag

  • After William Ewart Gladstone

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named for British prime minister William E Gladstone (1809-1898), a frequent traveller.

    From Wiktionary