clutch bag


Definition of clutch bag

: a woman's small usually strapless handbag

Examples of clutch bag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a no-bag policy other than a clutch bag less than 8x5 inches that can be visually inspected. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Three months late, ASU finally set to host home football game," 3 Dec. 2020 The actor also carried a brown suede clutch bag for a further luxurious touch. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence and Cooke Maroney Nail Weekend Couple Style in New York," 6 Sep. 2020 The hype was a reference to the awards, but also to the Pouch, a squishy clutch bag made from butter-soft leather crushed in the middle that feels kind of like a soft toy, or a therapy dog. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "Breaking the Curse of the It Bag," 18 Feb. 2020 Small, opaque purses and clutch bags are also allowed but are limited to 6 inches by 9 inches by 5 inches. Margot Habiby, Dallas News, "Richardson ISD expands clear-bag policy for high school and junior high games," 5 Feb. 2020 To complete the look, Holmes opted for a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti black suede Carolyne pumps, a small clutch bag, and a bright red lip. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Holmes Braved the Rain in a Little Black Dress and Sheer Tights," 23 Oct. 2019 At the end of Patricia's speech, the audience erupted in cheers, and Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox was visibly emotional, giving the actor a standing ovation and showing off her rainbow Title VII clutch bag. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Patricia Arquette's Emmys 2019 Speech Advocated for Trans Rights," 23 Sep. 2019 Or a 11-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) And small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5-by-6.5 inches (approximately the size of a hand). Ben Flanagan |, al, "Alabama football fans: Things to do in Columbia if you’re catching the South Carolina game," 13 Sep. 2019 One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) Small clutch bags, no larger than 4.5 x 6.5, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Alabama Gameday: Complete fan guide to Crimson Tide’s opener vs Duke in Atlanta," 30 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of clutch bag

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of clutch bag was in 1947

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6 Dec 2020

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“Clutch bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clutch bag

: a small bag that women use especially on formal occasions : a small handbag

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