messenger bag


Definition of messenger bag 

: a rectangular bag that is large enough to carry papers, books, etc., and that usually has a wide shoulder strap and a flap that typically covers the opening and much or all of the front of the bag Instead, the Oaklander bought a messenger bag … . After being popularized and perfected during the golden era of bike messengers, the one-strap, one-flap, over-the-shoulder bag has become ubiquitous.— Maghan McDowell

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The biggest change is that no backpacks or large bags (camera bags, messenger bags) will be allowed into the grounds. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2018: All the information you need to know for the world's largest music festival," 18 June 2018 The oh-so trendy white messenger bag that wasn't actually a backpack at all? Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "16 of the Best Backpacks You Can Possibly Buy, According to Frequent Travelers," 6 June 2018 Either a tote from T. Anthony or an old Valextra messenger bag. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "Frédéric Malle Wishes He Invented Perfume," 5 June 2018 My first was one of the nylon black messenger bags., "What Kate Spade – The Woman, The Bag & The Brand – Meant To Women," 5 June 2018 While men have historically carried briefcases and also have the option of backpacks and messenger bags, women typically want something more elegant. Rory Satran, WSJ, "We Found the Perfect Women’s Work Bags," 24 May 2018 His favorite bag in the lineup, the Crosstown Chevron, can be worn as a lumbar pack on the trail or a messenger bag on the bike. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Our Favorite Waxed-Canvas Products Right Now," 16 May 2018 One of the Nisos operators, carrying a messenger bag with a radio-frequency identification device concealed inside it, surreptitiously scanned the facility code from employees’ I.D. badges. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The Digital Vigilantes Who Hack Back," 30 Apr. 2018 There was a shirtless Justin Bieber with a gold chain around his neck, hair immaculately coiffed; Mike Tyson with his famous face tattoo; Zach Galifianakis in a T-shirt with a messenger bag slung casually around his shoulder. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "These Celebrity Portraits Are Fake. Sort of," 16 Apr. 2018

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1987, in the meaning defined above

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