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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The best part is that the polyester exterior is super easy to clean, so this messenger bag will look good as new for quite a long time. Erika Reals, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 This messenger bag comes in four different leather finishes that are on sale at the same price point. Ellen Mcalpine, Good Housekeeping, 21 Nov. 2022 For an old-fashioned leather messenger bag that will always be in style, Tecovas and Shinola make great options. Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 21 Dec. 2022 Rapper Offset performed at E11EVEN Miami wearing a utility vest and a fuzzy messenger bag. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 5 Dec. 2022 Instead of being a dedicated Switch hard case, this messenger bag is much more akin to a camera bag, with dividers and pouches to fit all your Switch gear. Kevin Cortez, Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 The must-buy accessories—like a messenger bag or comfy sneaker—are also grounded in practicality, a refreshing antithesis to the itty-bitty micro bags and sky-high platforms that trended this summer. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2022 But there’s a particular designer messenger bag that celebrities have been favoring this fall: Stars like Jennifer Lopez, Jodie Turner-Smith, Olivia Wilde, and more are all fans of Gucci’s sleek Attaché bags. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 13 Oct. 2022 First, there was the Chanel On The Pavements graffiti messenger bag from spring 2015, which Hadid has been spotted with on a number of occasions, including during fashion month last season. Emily Chan, Vogue, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1987, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of messenger bag was in 1987

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Cite this Entry

“Messenger bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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