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 Maria Caruso Martin of the Bella Rosa Collection made the bride’s handbag, custom embroidered to match her dress. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 14 July 2022 Outfits where some embellishment is added to your blouse or jacket in the form of a pin, necklace, dressy buttons or handbag may be appropriate. Stephanie (stifel) Coughlan, Forbes, 6 June 2022 The RealReal fashion and handbag expert Kevin Ngo explains that Bozsik’s approach is similar to ones the professionals use when evaluating value for vintage fashions and handbags. Alesandra Dubin, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2022 In an interview with Johnny Carson, Davis came onstage dressed in a skirt and jacket, completing her outfit with a hat, gloves and handbag. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 3 Mar. 2022 Lopez was spotted in the streets of New York City with a long black coat and matching shoes and handbag. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 11 Feb. 2022 In the master closet, a vanity area and racks for shoe and handbag organization allow Dawn to savor a few moments of luxury each morning. Sally Finder Weepie, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Jan. 2022 There is no handbag quite as classic as the saddle bag. Kristina Rutkowski, Vogue, 23 July 2022 Kate has carried many a bag in her day, but a few handbag brands have emerged as her favorites. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handbag

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Aug 2022

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“Handbag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbag. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for handbag


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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