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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Synonyms for handbag


carry-on, carryall, grip, holdall [chiefly British], portmanteau, suitcase, traveling bag, wallet

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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

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Search inside handbags and accessories for tags with holograms and serial numbers (my Fendi bag has both). Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Thrift shopping secrets: Scoop up Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Gucci for a few bucks | Doreen’s Deals," 8 Sep. 2019 Community members are encouraged to donate like-new professional attire including men’s and women’s suits, dress shirts, blouses, shoes and accessories such as ties, handbags and jewelry. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newcomers club hosts outing for garden buffs," 2 Aug. 2019 Cofounded in 2015 by Josh Luber and Quicken Loans billionaire Dan Gilbert, StockX has fully appropriated Wall Street lingo to resell sneakers, streetwear, handbags, and wristwatches. Ashwin Rodrigues, Fortune, "What Is StockX? Everything You Need to Know About the Billion-Dollar Sneaker Empire," 21 July 2019 Many products—plates, T-shirts, salad trays, handbags, and huge, Texas-style belt buckles—featured a map of Greater Hungary, the larger, pre–World War I territory whose restoration is the ultimate aim of the country’s irredentists. Jacob Mikanowski, Harper's magazine, "The Call of the Drums," 21 July 2019 StockX gives consumers a platform to buy and sell like-new merchandise in four categories: sneakers, watches, handbags and street wear. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit startup StockX now worth $1B: How it got rare status," 26 June 2019 Mini handbags have been reigning supreme for the past few seasons, but the trend continues to shrink smaller and smaller. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Handbags Are Getting So Small They Can Barely Fit AirPods," 26 Feb. 2019 Shoes will be flat, hats small, and handbags of the shoulder type. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 Clad with a gold chain and studded embellishments that resemble horns, this handbag can be yours for $49. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "13 cool, cute and downright interesting things you can buy at Gen Con 2019," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of handbag

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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