duf·​fel ˈdə-fəl How to pronounce duffel (audio)
variants or duffle
: a coarse heavy woolen material with a thick nap
: transportable personal belongings, equipment, and supplies

Examples of duffel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ask them to steer you toward a group home that houses foster kids that will accept donations of luggage, duffels and backpacks, which foster kids need for school. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 My list is complete with Apple AirTags, space-saving vacuum storage bags, and a roomy yet compact duffel that’s on sale for just $10; trust me, these Amazon Spring Sale deals shouldn't be missed. Alexandra Domrongchai, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2024 This roomy wheeled duffel will see them through any adventure, thanks to the durable and sustainable construction, sturdy oversized wheels, and padded walls. Paula Lee, Glamour, 14 Mar. 2024 In other words: These weren’t your average sports duffels. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 22 Feb. 2024 The softer bags like backpacks and duffels are made with a water-resistant nylon and mesh sections. Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2024 Rolling duffels are great for extended trips, or for packing multiple family members' items into one bag. Paris Wilson, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Nov. 2023 While traveling, the duffel slides under an airplane seat, so all of Berez’ travel necessities stay within easy reach. Rachel Chang, wsj.com, 24 Nov. 2023 Luggage: Suitcases, duffels, backpacks or cosmetic travel bags can be a big help to foster kids, said Shorr, who coordinates luggage donations in the Orlando area. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Dutch duffel, from Duffel, Belgium

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of duffel was in 1677

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“Duffel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duffel. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


duf·​fel ˈdəf-əl How to pronounce duffel (audio)
: an outfit of supplies (as for camping) : kit

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