Definitions for gladstone bag
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.
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