clutch bag


Definition of clutch bag

: a woman's small usually strapless handbag

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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 One-gallon freezer bags remain OK, as are clutch bags about the size of the owner’s hand. Michael Lerseth,, "Cal adding metal detectors — and alcohol sales — to Memorial Stadium," 15 Aug. 2019 Additionally, fans may also carry in a small clutch bag or purse the size of a hand. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Broncos training camp 2019: Fans guide to attending practices," 16 July 2019 To complement the Cong Tri dress, Beyoncé accessorized with jewelry by Lorraine Schwartz, a clutch bag by Anna Cecere, and Jimmy Choo heels, according to a representative. Tara Edwards,, "Beyoncé's London Lion King Premiere Look Is Pure Nala," 15 July 2019 Shayk carried a striking Olympia Le-Tan clutch bag, modeled after Fyodor Dostoyevsky's 1869 book, The Idiot. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk's Book Club Chic Is About to Inspire Summer Reading Lists Everywhere," 30 June 2019 Fans may also carry a small clutch bag or purse that’s no bigger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Denver Broncos 2019 training camp schedule to include 19 open practices," 11 June 2019 Men and women, clutching bags, backpacks and purses, walked slowly to their offices as the workday began, many waiting until 5 minutes before the official starting time. Washington Post, "Virginia Beach employees return to work at municipal complex after mass shooting," 4 June 2019 On Tuesday, the Duchess styled the classic dress by one of her favorite designers with grey suede heels and the Dior 'Bee' clutch bag. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Just Rewore the Antonio Beradi Dress From Her First Ever Public Event With Prince Harry," 30 Oct. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of clutch bag

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

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