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

There were matching knitwear duffels, and maxi bags took on the micro-bag trend shown on other runways. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 Though no cars can reach the rifugios, the duffel magically appears at each inn, transported by staff via chair lift or snowcat. Amy Tara Koch, Vogue, "The Slopes Less Taken: Going on a Ski Safari in the Dolomites," 7 Mar. 2019 Don’t want dirty gear to soil the rest of your luggage or get lost in a cavernous duffel? Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Patagonia Duffel Bags and Backpacks Are On Sale Now," 9 June 2019 Consider a dark green duffel from Everlane for something hands-free or opt for a nautical-striped backpack from Baggu. Vogue, "Shouldn’t Your Gym Bag Be as Stylish as You Are?," 22 Apr. 2019 His grooming products shrunk down to travel-size, and his bulky luggage became a compact three-in-one roller, backpack, and duffel. Cam Wolf, GQ, "SuperFly's Trevor Jackson on Tan Vans, His Favorite Affordable Jeans, and the Deodorant His Grandma Buys for Him," 13 June 2018 Joining Yeti’s line of waterproof, noninsulated Panga duffels, the Panga Backpack 28 uses the same hefty zippers and tear-resistant, waterproof fabric. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti Launches a Water Cooler and Backpack," 31 May 2018 Co-founded by former COO of Opening Ceremony, Andy Person, along with Michael Kushner and Trey Sisson, Baboon launched its first collection of duffels, dubbed the Go Bag, earlier this week. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "This New Duffle is Made for the Adventure Traveler," 1 Aug. 2018 For basic travel, this bag presents a happy medium between the durability and carrying capacity of a duffel and the organization of a traditional suitcase. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing Adventure-Ready Travel Bags from Eagle Creek," 10 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'duffel.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of duffel

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for duffel

Dutch duffel, from Duffel, Belgium

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about duffel

Statistics for duffel

Last Updated

1 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for duffel

The first known use of duffel was in 1677

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on duffel

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with duffel

Nglish: Translation of duffel for Spanish Speakers

Comments on duffel

What made you want to look up duffel? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!