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brief·case

 (brēf′kās′)
n.
A portable, often flat case with a handle, used for carrying papers or books.

[brief, document + case.]
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briefcase

(ˈbriːfˌkeɪs)
n
a flat portable case, often of leather, for carrying papers, books, etc
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brief•case

(ˈbrifˌkeɪs)

n.
a flat rectangular case with a handle, often of leather, for carrying books, papers, etc.
[1925–30]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.briefcase - a case with a handlebriefcase - a case with a handle; for carrying papers or files or books
attache case, attache - a shallow and rectangular briefcase
case - a portable container for carrying several objects; "the musicians left their instrument cases backstage"
handgrip, handle, grip, hold - the appendage to an object that is designed to be held in order to use or move it; "he grabbed the hammer by the handle"; "it was an old briefcase but it still had a good grip"
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Translations
مَحْفَظَةمَحْفَظَةِ الوثائِق
kufříkaktovkadiplomatický kufřík
mappeattachétaske
salkku
aktovka
aktatáska
skjalataska
ブリーフケース
서류 가방
diplomatka
aktovka
portfölj
กระเป๋าเอกสาร
cặp tài liệu

briefcase

[ˈbriːfkeɪs] Ncartera f, maletín m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

briefcase

[ˈbriːfkeɪs] nserviette f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

briefcase

n(Akten)tasche f, → (Akten)mappe f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

briefcase

[ˈbriːfˌkeɪs] ncartella, ventiquattr'ore f inv
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

brief

(briːf) adjective
not long; short. a brief visit; a brief account.
noun
a short statement of facts (especially in a lawsuit, of a client's case). a lawyer's brief.
verb
to give detailed instructions to (especially a barrister, group of soldiers etc). The astronauts were briefed before the space mission.
ˈbriefing noun
instructions and information. The pilots were given a briefing before they left.
ˈbriefly adverb
He told me briefly what he knew.
briefs noun plural
(used especially in shops) women's pants or men's underpants. a pair of briefs.
brevity (ˈbrevəti) noun
shortness (of speech, writing, time etc). He is well known for the brevity of his speeches.
ˈbriefcase noun
a light case for papers, made of leather etc. a businessman's briefcase.
in brief
in a few words. In brief, we have been successful.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

briefcase

مَحْفَظَة kufřík mappe Aktentasche χαρτοφύλακας maletín salkku mallette aktovka valigetta ブリーフケース 서류 가방 koffer dokumentmappe teczka pasta de documentos портфель portfölj กระเป๋าเอกสาร evrak çantası cặp tài liệu 公文包
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