of a size and shape suitable for being carried onto and stowed in the passenger compartment of an airplane:
carry-on luggage.
a piece of carry-on luggage.
Contemporary Examples

Moreover, I accomplished my goal of only packing a carry-on.
Who Says the Book Business Is Dead? Peter Osnos January 12, 2009

You just travel light with carry-on luggage, go to cities that you love, and get to hang out with all your friends.
Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness Marlow Stern January 6, 2015

They also faced rigorous extra checks of carry-on bags, as well as some body searches, before boarding.
An Airplane’s Gift to Terrorists Clive Irving December 25, 2009

She will then, at a time of her choosing, tuck it, say, into my carry-on bag just before I leave on a research trip.
How I Write: Erik Larson Revisits ‘Isaac’s Storm’ Noah Charney October 30, 2012

Anna and I lay down on the cold linoleum floor, pillowing our heads on our carry-on bags.
Ciao, Roma! Hello, Newark! James Atlas January 5, 2011

Historical Examples

It was just her way of doing the carry-on for Aunt Clara Lamar.
The House of Torchy Sewell Ford


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