body bag


Definition of body bag

: a large zippered bag (as of rubber or vinyl) in which a human corpse is placed especially for transportation

Examples of body bag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Holmes paired the breezy, loose frock with heeled sandals, a couple necklaces, sunglasses, and a cross-body bag. Elizabeth Loga, Glamour, 22 June 2021 Sandy put him up in in handcuffs rather than in a body bag. Lauren Pinnington, Vulture, 18 June 2021 But having to watch Kate zipped up into a body bag was bad. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 8 June 2021 Mike was later taken off the mountain in a body bag. CBS News, 22 May 2021 DeLuca is there, too, rolling a gurney with a person who is very much not dead screaming in a body bag. Lincee Ray,, 26 Mar. 2021 My colleague Emily Baumgaertner traces the path of a body bag that ended up holding the remains of a COVID-19 victim. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2021 The voyage would be at least the sixth body bag shipment to arrive on U.S. shores by sea that month. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2021 The other, gray-haired and bespectacled, wearing a tea-length skirt and a light, cross-body bag, strides forth purposefully. Maggie Doherty, The New Republic, 23 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'body bag.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of body bag

1947, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About body bag

Time Traveler for body bag

Time Traveler

The first known use of body bag was in 1947

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near body bag

body art

body bag

body blow

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for body bag

Last Updated

29 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Body bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for body bag

body bag


English Language Learners Definition of body bag

: a large bag that a dead person's body is put in to be carried or moved to another place

body bag


Medical Definition of body bag

: a large zippered bag (as of rubber or vinyl) in which a human corpse is placed especially for transportation

More from Merriam-Webster on body bag

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for body bag


Test Your Vocabulary

Difficult Spelling Words Quiz

  • alphabet pasta spelling help
  • Which is the correct spelling?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!