Meaning of “baggage” in the English Dictionary

"baggage" in British English

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baggagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbæɡ.ɪdʒ/ us /ˈbæɡ.ɪdʒ/

baggage noun [ U ] (BAGS)

B1 all the suitcases and bags that you take with you when you travel:

How many pieces of baggage do you have?
We had to pay extra for our excess baggage (= our bags and suitcases that weighed more than was allowed).
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  • Fiona took so much baggage with her, we had difficulty getting it all on the coach.
  • No one is allowed on the plane unless their baggage has been thoroughly checked.
  • Can we leave our baggage at the hotel until it is time to leave for the airport?
  • Passengers are allowed 20 kilos of baggage, plus one item of hand luggage.
  • I asked Dad to look after the baggage while I went to buy the tickets.

(Definition of “baggage” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"baggage" in American English

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baggagenoun [ U ]

us /ˈbæɡ·ɪdʒ/

baggage noun [ U ] (BAGS)

the bags that you take with you when you travel; luggage:

How many pieces of baggage do you have?

baggage noun [ U ] (FEELINGS)

the beliefs and feelings that you have which influence how you think and behave:

Everybody brings their own baggage to viewing a work of art.

(Definition of “baggage” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"baggage" in Business English

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baggagenoun [ U ]

uk /ˈbæɡɪdʒ/ us UK also luggage TRANSPORT

the cases, bags, etc. that you take with you when you travel:

Have a name tag on each piece of baggage.
You'll need to put any sharp objects into your checked baggage.
carry-on/hand baggage

cases or bags that you take onto a plane with you and are not checked in:

I only had carry-on baggage so I went straight to the departure gate.
excess baggage

bags, cases, etc. that weigh more than the weight you are allowed to take onto a plane, or the extra money you have to pay for it to be taken:

On the return trip we were charged $80 excess baggage.

(Definition of “baggage” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)