What is the difference between suitcase and briefcase?

Recently, we will receive some inquiries: What is the difference between a briefcase and a suitcase? This question is very interesting and not difficult to understand literally. However, the briefcase for men and women on the market are rich and diverse, with complex functions. So some briefcases can also carry luggage, so the distinction is not obvious.

What is the difference between suitcase and briefcase

Today, let's redefine the difference between briefcase and suitcase together.


Briefcase is a narrow hard-sided box-shaped bag or box, mainly used for carrying documents, and equipped with handles. Lawyers usually use business briefcase to carry their case statements, hence the name briefcase. Business people and other white-collar workers also use briefcases to hold documents. Since the 1980s, electronic devices such as laptops and tablets have also begun to be used. Some briefcases have only one main interior space, while others may have small pieces, accordion parts, small pockets, or dividers. Briefcases can be made of leather, vinyl, durable fabric, thin metal (such as aluminum), or plastic. Leather, vinyl or fabric briefcases may have external pockets or sleeves in addition to the main storage space. Some briefcases made of fabric may have shoulder straps. Briefcases usually have a lock to protect the contents. In the 2010s, there may be padded pockets inside briefcases to protect laptops.


Suitcase is a form of luggage. It is usually a somewhat flat, rectangular bag with rounded corners, or metal, hard plastic, or made of cloth, vinyl or leather, and retains its shape more or less. It has a handle on one side, which is mainly used to transport clothes and other items during travel. It opens with a hinge like a door. The suitcase is locked with a key or combination.

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