Portmanteau (luggage)

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For other uses of "Portmanteau", see Portmanteau (disambiguation).

A 16-inch Gladstone bag made of ox leather

A portmanteau refers to a piece of luggage, usually made of leather and opening into two equal parts. Some were large, upright, and hinged at the back and enabled hanging up clothes in one half,[1] but the term was also used for much smaller bags (such as Gladstone bags) with two equally sized compartments.[2] The word comes from the French word portemanteau (from porter meaning "to carry" and manteau meaning "coat"),[3][4] which nowadays means a coat rack but was in the past also used to refer to a traveling case or bag for clothes.[5][6]

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