hand·​bag | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbag How to pronounce handbag (audio) \

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

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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 This gorgeous Coach handbag Stylish mamas will definitely appreciate the Coach Cassie leather crossbody, once $295 and now down to $206.50 with the promo code. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, 25 Apr. 2021 Discounts on the Italian leather totes, crossbodies, and belt bags reach up to $500 off with the Perfectly Imperfect Midi Maestra, a buckle-flap style that can be worn as a backpack, crossbody, or top-handle handbag. Tess Garcia, Travel + Leisure, 15 Apr. 2021 Singer Rina Sawayama also impressed in a lilac ruffled Balmain 2019 gown with a power train, while Harry Styles turned heads in a brown graphic-print Gucci suit and leather handbag. CNN, 11 May 2021 Nearly a decade after conception, the brand has amassed a cult following and established itself a fan favorite in the handbag, footwear, and ready-to-wear sectors. Shelby Ying Hyde, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 Apr. 2021 Cozying up goes beyond slouchy knits and the billowing, soft sweaterdresses—the season’s bags have gotten the memo, via the moment’s buttery-soft, slouchy leather handbag trend. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 30 Sep. 2020 However, as our lifestyles have shifted, so too have our handbag tastes. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, 15 May 2021 Inside the handbag were her lunch, a glass and bamboo container with wooden utensils and pens. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, 7 May 2021 Rather, the hot seat was occupied by Gucci’s most beloved handbag styles, from the Marmont to the Dionysus. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of handbag

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handbag was in 1859

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12 Jun 2021

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“Handbag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbag. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handbag

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


hand·​bag | \ ˈhand-ˌbag How to pronounce handbag (audio) \

Kids Definition of handbag

: a bag used for carrying money and small personal articles


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