messenger bag

noun

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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There are three new takes on the Kånken too, including a mini clutch and a version that converts into a messenger bag. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "A Collaboration Between Acne Studios and Fjällräven Marries Function and Fashion—The Swedish Way," 29 Aug. 2018 Art Under $100 SAT Art sale by 70 local artists; VIP hour includes bubbly, chocolate, and messenger bag, 1-2 p.m., $20; free entry 2-8 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Design Center, 5701 Sixth Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition, Winter Solstice Night Market, Jingle Bell Run," 5 Dec. 2018 Plus, the costume is super witchy compared to the red jacket and messenger bag that Sabrina is frequently seen wearing in the Netflix series. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Kiernan Shipka Shared Photographs of Her Childhood Halloween Costumes on Instagram," 1 Nov. 2018 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. refinery29.com, "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

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First Known Use of messenger bag

1987, in the meaning defined above

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