carpetbag

noun
car·pet·bag | \-ˌbag \

Definition of carpetbag 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a traveler's bag made of carpet and widely used in the U.S. in the 19th century

carpetbag

adjective
\-ˌba-giŋ \
variants: or carpetbagging

Definition of carpetbag (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of carpetbaggers a carpetbag government

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When the boy went to the room of his father, Lincoln immediately asked for his carpetbag. sandiegouniontribune.com, "WHEN LINCOLN LOST INAUGURAL ADDRESS," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of carpetbag

Noun

1829, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1870, in the meaning defined above

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