Definitions for gladstone bag
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a small rectangular suitcase hinged to open into two compartments of equal size.
Origin of Gladstone bag:
1880–85; after W.E. Gladstone
portmanteau, Gladstone, Gladstone bag(noun)
a large travelling bag made of stiff leather
An early hinged bag, a precursor of the modern briefcase.
Origin: Named for British prime minister William E Gladstone (1809-1898), a frequent traveller.
A Gladstone bag is a small portmanteau suitcase built over a rigid frame which could separate into two equal sections. Unlike a suitcase, a Gladstone bag is "deeper in proportion to its length." They are typically made of stiff leather and often belted with lanyards. The bags are named after William Ewart Gladstone, the four-time Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
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