handbag

noun
hand·bag | \ˈhan(d)-ˌbag \

Definition of handbag 

1 : suitcase

2 : a bag held in the hand or hung from a shoulder strap and used for carrying small personal articles and money

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of handbag in a Sentence

flies only with a handbag so he doesn't have to check his luggage her handbag is just big enough to hold her favorite photos and wallet

Recent Examples on the Web

Parker capped off her glorious look with the gilded Kit handbag, which played double duty as a chic bracelet. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "Blessed Be This Holy Handbag Capsule Collection Inspired by the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 But that has clearly begun to change under Chief Artistic Officer Reed Krakoff, the famed former designer at Coach, credited with turning that once-staid handbag brand into a force in fashion. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Tiffany's Turnaround Plan Is Turning Out to Be a Gem," 23 May 2018 The Trump administration intensified its trade war with China, threatening to impose tariffs on a further $200bn-worth of goods, including tuna, chemicals and handbags. The Economist, "Business this week," 12 July 2018 The women assembled handbags that were then donated to women diagnosed with breast cancer. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "Prison to purses: Detroit program gives ex-female felons a 2nd chance," 12 July 2018 Many suitcases, luggage and handbags. • CD cases. • Artificial fire logs. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Taxing oxygen? It could happen. President Trump threatens wide-ranging tariffs on China," 11 July 2018 At Totokaelo’s flagship store at 190 Bowery, shoppers will find some of the brand’s most sought-after items, including Comme des Garçons x Louis Vuitton handbags, women’s runway looks from the ’90s, and a rare men’s staff cardigan from 1989. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Rare Comme des Garçons Clothes Are on Sale Right Now," 11 July 2018 Crocodiles are farmed for their meat and hides, but large and battle-scarred crocs are usually unsuitable for the handbag market. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge," 10 July 2018 Crocodiles are farmed for their meat and hides, but large and battle-scarred crocs are usually unsuitable for the handbag market. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "Australian rangers trap big crocodile near tourist gorge," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'handbag.' 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 handbag

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about handbag

Dictionary Entries near handbag

handarm

hand ax

hand back

handbag

hand baggage

handball

handbank

Statistics for handbag

Last Updated

12 Oct 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for handbag

The first known use of handbag was in 1859

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for handbag

handbag

noun

English Language Learners Definition of handbag

: a woman's small bag or purse used for carrying personal things and money

handbag

noun
hand·bag | \ˈhand-ˌbag \

Kids Definition of handbag

: a bag used for carrying money and small personal articles

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on handbag

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

WORD OF THE DAY

required by fashion, etiquette, or custom

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble-tiles-that-read-scrabble-quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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