car·​ry·​all | \ˈka-rē-ˌȯl, ˈker-ē-\

Definition of carryall 

1 [ by folk etymology from French carriole, from Old Occitan carriola, ultimately from Latin carrus car ]

a : a light covered carriage for four or more persons

b : a passenger automobile used as a small bus

2 [ 1carry + 3all ] : a capacious bag or carrying case

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Synonyms for carryall


carry-on, grip, handbag, holdall [chiefly British], portmanteau, suitcase, traveling bag, wallet

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Examples of carryall in a Sentence

took only a small carryall on the plane

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There was, of course, the Fendi Baguette, Carrie Bradshaw’s signature close-to-the-rib-cage carryall, which came embellished every which way. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Hottest Bag of the Late ’90s Is Back," 9 Oct. 2018 Begone, summer’s tattered unstructured sacks and splintered straw carryalls! Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Street Style–Approved Bags for Fall and Beyond," 27 Aug. 2018 Enter Emily Sugihara's eco-chic, foldable nylon BAGGU carryalls. Elana Fishman, Marie Claire, "Runway, My Way: Jil Sander vs. BAGGU," 10 May 2011 Hobo Bags: Look no further than Hobo Bags to update your carryall. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "80+ Labor Day Sales That Are Definitely Worth Shopping This Year," 28 Aug. 2018 The latest to follow suit is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who today in New York toted a massive Balenciaga carryall en route to a photo shoot. Maria Ward, Vogue, "First Kendall Jenner, Now Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Is Getting In on the Giant Bag Trend," 26 Mar. 2018 Bringing this less-common carryall back into the public’s eye is a reminder that men have a plethora of bag options available to them. Max Berlinger,, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 Using a traditional evening bag as our daily carryall gives us just the right amount of rebellious spark., "Drawstring Bags So Cute They’re Breaking Our Heart," 9 July 2018 Versatile Entry Sassy & Stylish Eco-Friendly This colorful carryall scores major points, and not just for its standout striped design. Allison Young, Sunset, "10 Stylish Beach Bags You’ll Want This Season," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of carryall

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of carryall was in 1714

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English Language Learners Definition of carryall

: a large bag or carrying case

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a knickknack or trinket

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