valise və-ˈlēs noun
: a small overnight bag for short trips
The word valise has appeared in four articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Oct. 18 in “Khashoggi, Afghanistan, Abuse: Your Thursday Evening Briefing” by Jean Rutter and Hiroko Masuike:
A bowler hat, its neat grosgrain bow intact. A chubby bronze cherub, one foot torn away. A cracked and crusty leather valise.
These are among 5,500 items recovered from the wreckage of the Titanic, hauled up from two miles below the surface in international waters off Newfoundland.
Investors with three hedge funds have banded together to pay $19.5 million to buy the collection, outbidding a group of British museums backed by the National Geographic Society and James Cameron, who directed the 1997 movie “Titanic.”