duf·​fel | \ ˈdə-fəl How to pronounce duffel (audio) \
variants: or duffle

Definition of duffel

1 : a coarse heavy woolen material with a thick nap
2 : transportable personal belongings, equipment, and supplies

Examples of duffel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An arrest affidavit unsealed Monday says Magen Fieramusca, 33, abducted Broussard on December 12 and packed her into a black duffel. CBS News, "Texas kidnapping suspect pretended dead woman's baby was her own, court documents say," 6 Jan. 2020 Now, off the back of the success of their in-demand Go-Bags, backpacks and duffels, the brand is launching a new collection of travel totes: the Go-Tote Big and Go-Tote Small. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Luggage Brand Baboon Has Launched Totes—And They're Absolutely Indestructible," 29 Oct. 2019 The duffel looked awesome but as someone who carries a bag every day that is currently being held together with duct tape, the need for a durable backpack is far more pressing. Diane J. Cho, PEOPLE.com, "PEOPLE Editors' 2019 Most Wanted Holiday Gift Guide," 1 Dec. 2019 The duffel’s big zippered external pockets hold more gear. Los Angeles Times, "Key to better packing? It’s in the bag," 26 Sep. 2019 Paddington is, of course, the children’s literature icon created in 1958 by British author Michael Bond and illustrated with maximum duffel-coat cuteness by Peggy Fortnum. Marc Snetiker, EW.com, "See acting legend Paddington Bear in his first stage show," 23 Sep. 2019 When expanded, this bag is a super practical duffel that has interior zip pockets, openings to slide over your carry-on handle, and a little old school flair thanks to the retro striped straps. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "7 Fold-Up Bags for Bringing All Your Souvenirs Home," 10 Sep. 2019 That duffel is about to get a little bit heavier as Solid & Striped branches out into beauty this month, with an on-brand sun-care curation that debuts just as summer gets under way. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Solid & Striped Launches Sunscreen, Bronzer Sticks, and More," 24 June 2019 The 60-liter duffel is big enough to contain five days’ worth of gear in a carry-on size. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Patagonia Duffel Bags and Backpacks Are On Sale Now," 9 June 2019

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First Known Use of duffel

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duffel

Dutch duffel, from Duffel, Belgium

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

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“Duffel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duffel. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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