hav·​er·​sack | \ ˈha-vər-ˌsak How to pronounce haversack (audio) \

Definition of haversack

: a bag similar to a knapsack but worn over one shoulder

Examples of haversack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was the field bag (a canvas haversack used by soldiers in both world wars), the satchel (worn across the body and popularized by Indiana Jones), and the tote bag (notably prevalent among readers of The New Yorker). Nick Haramis, New York Times, 8 Nov. 2021 The next entry shows Gigger was docked pay for losing a canteen and a haversack. Dennis Hohenberger, Courant Community, 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of haversack

1711, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for haversack

French havresac, from German Habersack bag for oats, from Haber oats + Sack bag

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“Haversack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haversack. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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hav·​er·​sack | \ ˈha-vər-ˌsak How to pronounce haversack (audio) \

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: a bag worn over one shoulder for carrying supplies

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