plural -s
: a woman's workbasket or handbag

Word History


French cabas, from Old Provençal, probably from (assumed) Vulgar Latin capacium, from Latin capere to take, contain

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caba was in 1833

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“Caba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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