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

Examples of messenger bag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At jorts?Jorts, a very heavy bike chain on one shoulder, and a messenger bag on the other shoulder. Sean Malin, Vulture, 9 Oct. 2021 As with the first version, Audio-Technica has kept the easy fold-up design that means the ATH-M50xBT2 can be folded up into a compact size that can fit easily in a messenger bag or rucksack. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 Sep. 2021 Planning to camp on the beach, Fitzgerald carried a bicycle-messenger bag and, inside it, a $5 plastic tarp, a knife, and an old hammock. Robert Moor, Curbed, 1 Sep. 2021 The messenger bag is slowly reappearing in the 2020s too. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2021 There's a lot of storage, including wireless charging pad with USB A&C ports, and the center console not only has a storage bin but also space beneath the center console's electronic transmission shifter for a purse or messenger bag. Larry Printz, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 The friar, Brother Paul Fesefeldt, a Capuchin, has his brown habit on under a blue raincoat with an Army surplus messenger bag slung across his shoulder. Jonathan D. Fitzgerald,, 9 Mar. 2021 Oliver joined him at the office and rode shotgun in the car and in O'Brien's messenger bag. Jennifer Brooks, Star Tribune, 31 Aug. 2020 DIY Jim Halpert Costume Stay true to Jim's simple style, including a classic tie and messenger bag. Tiffany Reid, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of messenger bag

1987, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of messenger bag was in 1987

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14 Oct 2021

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“Messenger bag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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