briefcase etymology

English word briefcase comes from English case, English brief

Detailed word origin of briefcase

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case English (eng) (US) A unit of liquid measure used to measure sales in the beverage industry, equivalent to 192 fluid ounces.. (mining) A small fissure which admits water into the workings.. (poker slang) Four of a kind.. (printing, historical) A shallow tray divided into compartments or "boxes" for holding type, traditionally arranged in sets of two, the "upper case" (containing capitals, small capitals, [...]
brief English (eng) (transitive) To summarize a recent development to some person with decision-making power.. (transitive, legal) To write a legal argument and submit it to a court. (obsolete) Rife; common; prevalent.. Concise; taking few words. [from 15th c.]. Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short. [from 17th c.]. Of short duration; happening quickly. [from 15th c.] (obsolete, poetic) [...]
briefcase English (eng) (computing) In Microsoft Windows, a folder that supports file synchronization between itself and another folder.. A case used for carrying documents, especially for business.