1590s, lug (to tug) +‎ -age, actually “that which is lugged, dragged round”.[1] Duplicate -g- is to make clear pronunciation of the vowel ‘u’ (which is pronounced unchanged from lug). Evaluate baggage.


  • (UK, US) enPR: lŭg’ĭj, IPA(key): /ˈlʌɡɪd͡ʒ/
  • Hyphenation: lug‧gage


baggage (often uncountable, plural luggages)

A person carrying his baggage (1).
  1. (uncountable) The luggage and different containers that maintain a traveller’s belongings.
  2. (uncountable) The contents of such containers.
  3. (countable, nonstandard or out of date) A selected bag or container holding a traveller’s belongings.
    • 1858, “Letter from Rev. George L. Seymour”, in The African Repository and Colonial Journal, quantity 34, web page 13:

      I assisted a while in the past in chopping up a tree, that made tolerably good turns or luggages for nineteen or twenty individuals, which may very well be procured for about two {dollars} on the stump.

    • 1875, W. G. Willson, Report of the Midnapore and Burdwan Cyclone of the 15th and 16th of October 1874[1]:

      The passengers injured who couldn’t get out had been eliminated out by the railway workers, after which taking a part of the luggages the practice began again for Burdwan.

    • 2012, Colin MacInnes, Metropolis of Spades[2]:

      Particularly, leaving my luggages on the Authorities hostel, to go straight out by taxi (oh, so sluggish, in contrast with our glossy Lagos limousines!) to the well-known central Piccadilly Tube station the place I took a onestop ticket, went down on the escalator, after which ran up the identical steps within the fallacious route.


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  1. ^ “baggage” in Douglas Harper, On-line Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.

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