clutch bag

noun

Definition of clutch bag 

: a woman's small usually strapless handbag

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The fitted ivory Givenchy dress has a high neckline with caped shoulders, and Meghan accessorized it with a black belt at the waist, a black Givenchy clutch bag, and simple black heels by Sarah Flint. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wore the Perfect Givenchy Dress for Her First Official Royal Event With the Queen," 14 June 2018 Wilbur and Gussie, who designed her silk clutch bag, also sold out within hours. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle’s $2945 Earrings Sold Out in 10 Minutes: 'It Was Crazy!'," 1 June 2018 The color also appeared on a range of accessories from the label, including a new maxi-clutch bag called the Gem. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Paris Fashion Week trend takeaway: pops of purple, silver belles, giant jackets, winter florals and haute hybrids," 9 Mar. 2018 Other options are a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar) and 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. Hell Horsey, AJC.com, "College Football National Championship weekend concert guide," 14 Jan. 2018 In the Hidden Valley neighborhood, a hilly enclave in southeastern Ventura County, mask-wearing residents could be seen clutching bags of belongings during their 45-minute window to grab and go. Rob Kuznia, chicagotribune.com, "California fires, moving north, force more evacuations," 11 Dec. 2017 In the Hidden Valley neighborhood, a hilly enclave in southeastern Ventura County, mask-wearing residents could be seen clutching bags of belongings during their 45-minute window to grab and go. Rob Kuznia, chicagotribune.com, "California fires, moving north, force more evacuations," 11 Dec. 2017 In the Hidden Valley neighborhood, a hilly enclave in southeastern Ventura County, mask-wearing residents could be seen clutching bags of belongings during their 45-minute window to grab and go. Rob Kuznia, chicagotribune.com, "California fires, moving north, force more evacuations," 11 Dec. 2017 Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches (approximately the size of a hand). Mary Colurso, AL.com, "Clear bag policy starts Dec. 13 at BJCC's Legacy Arena in Birmingham," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of clutch bag

1947, in the meaning defined above

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clutch bag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of clutch bag

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

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