handbag

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noun hand·bag \ˈhan(d)-ˌbag\

Definition of handbag

  1. 1 :  suitcase

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

Examples of handbag in a sentence

  1. flies only with a handbag so he doesn't have to check his luggage

  2. her handbag is just big enough to hold her favorite photos and wallet

1859

First Known Use of handbag

1859


HANDBAG Defined for English Language Learners

handbag

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noun hand·bag \ˈhan(d)-ˌbag\

Definition of handbag for English Language Learners

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


HANDBAG Defined for Kids

handbag

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noun hand·bag \ˈhand-ˌbag\

Definition of handbag for Students

  1. :  a bag used for carrying money and small personal articles



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