book bag


variants or less commonly bookbag
plural book bags also bookbags
: a bag or sack (such as a knapsack) often with a handle or strap that is used for holding books and other items
Students who attended the event each received a bookbag filled with school supplies such as notebooks, folders, pencil pouches, pencils, pens and crayons.Ron Zeitlinger

Examples of book bag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Metal detectors and hallway checks of students’ book bags were common at Dunbar. Kamal Morgan, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 3 June 2024 But since then, as mothers across the country supervise the season’s final water fights and pack book bags, some have voiced the kind of doubts that few male pundits have dared raise on television. Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Police found his book bag near a bus stop with his laptop and cell phone inside (and a stranger used his bus pass the next day), but there was no sign of Jayshawn. Kc Baker, Peoplemag, 27 Jan. 2024 Muji's notebook has a durable cover to withstand book bags and coffee spills. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 3 Jan. 2024 Detectives then seized a flash drive and several SD cards that were allegedly in a book bag that belonged to Foster, the sheriff's office said. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 23 Dec. 2023 It can be used as a library book bag, grocery produce bag, or a casual picnic bag. Talia Connor, Rolling Stone, 7 Dec. 2023 According to the search warrant, multiple staff members, including Amy Kovac, the reading specialist who restrained the boy, heard from two students on the day of the shooting who said the 6-year-old boy had a gun in his book bag. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 8 Aug. 2023 Heads resting on book bags, trash bags of belongings by their sides: the visible faces of a system that has officially broken down. Andy Newman, New York Times, 1 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of book bag was in 1611

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“Book bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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