hold·​all ˈhōld-ˌȯl How to pronounce holdall (audio)
chiefly British
: an often cloth traveling case or bag

Examples of holdall in a Sentence

there was a forgotten holdall in the bus station loo
Recent Examples on the Web Plus, a smaller holdall like this is much more versatile: Use it as a weekender, as your carry-on, or as a gym bag. Chadner Navarro, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Dec. 2023 There’s also a holdall (460.95) and a matching shoe bag ($245.84). Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2023 In the 16th century a man’s codpiece sometimes served as an alternative holdall, despite the awkwardness of having to fish around your crotch to find things. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2022 Marina Raphael’s mini iteration of its signature holdall is brought to life by precision cut geometric shapes inspired by cafe tables and garden tiles of idyllic summer destination, Sardinia. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2022 The holdall is a pleasure to use from the first day, but designed explicitly for the long haul—and backed up by a quarter-century guarantee. Alexander Freeling, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2022 Few pieces inspire as much devotion (and hysteria) as the French brand’s classic leather holdall. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2020 The navy hue and clean lines of this ample holdall feel more urban adjacent than country retreat, not unlike Hampstead itself. WSJ, 8 May 2018 Alfred Dunhill Ltd. manufactures and sells luxury goods, such as $1,090 Cadogan briefcases, $1,650 Boston backpacks, and $5,400 Duke holdalls. Bloomberg.com, 28 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of holdall was in 1851

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“Holdall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holdall. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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