hav·​er·​sack ˈha-vər-ˌsak How to pronounce haversack (audio)
: a bag similar to a knapsack but worn over one shoulder

Examples of haversack in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Trimmed with luggage slats and a restraint bar, the box lands ready to support any traveling cases, haversacks, miniature steamer trunks, or other traveling caboodle carried in the cabin, but definitely not any plus-two passengers. Larry Griffin, Car and Driver, 24 Apr. 2023 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of haversack was in 1711

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Cite this Entry

“Haversack.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/haversack. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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hav·​er·​sack ˈhav-ər-ˌsak How to pronounce haversack (audio)
: a bag similar to a knapsack but worn over one shoulder

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