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

Definition of handbag

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 The suit says Camille Cepeda spent $1,600 on a Louis Vuitton handbag that ostensibly was meant as a present from Orlando to Nydia, but Camille exchanged it for a Gucci bag that also remains unaccounted for. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants great Orlando Cepeda denies having dementia, sues daughter-in-law for fraud," 26 June 2020 The Economic Ripple Effect of Retail Sales Even with nowhere to flaunt it, wealthy shoppers have paid over the odds for a secondhand Birkin handbag during Covid-19 lockdowns. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "Hermès Handbags Pass an Early Covid Test," 26 June 2020 Ivanka Trump had reportedly toted the Bible that Trump held from the White House in a $1,500 handbag. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Are You Really Surprised by Our Authoritarian President?," 3 June 2020 People who smashed the windows of a Chanel store wanted to steal a handbag, not further the cause of justice. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's TML: We're given empty symbolism in dire circumstances. Still, we can't breathe.," 2 June 2020 The company has attracted an almost cult-like following for its cotton handbags, backpacks and wallets which are often splashed with every kind of paisley pattern imaginable. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "Vera Bradley wants to make paisley cool again," 14 Jan. 2020 My own view is that somebody who’s killed because of their sexuality or the race is no better or worse off than somebody killed for their handbag. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "An Interview with Douglas Murray: Gender, Race, and Identity," 1 Oct. 2019 The executive director, Claudia Humphrey, placed her mother, three sisters, son, nephew and niece in management and financial positions, and used grant money to pay for their handbags, gasoline, clothing and trips to Las Vegas, the audit said. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Fairfield sexual violence nonprofit misused federal funds, auditors say," 19 Aug. 2019 Fifty women shuffle in their seats, digging into their handbags for mascara and lip gloss and combs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Handbag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbag. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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