sad·​dle·​bag | \ ˈsa-dᵊl-ˌbag How to pronounce saddlebag (audio) \

Definition of saddlebag

1 : one of a pair of covered pouches laid across the back of a horse behind the saddle or hanging over the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle
2 : a bulge of lumpy fat in the outer area of the upper thighs

Examples of saddlebag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gone are the days of uber-rare Jean Paul Gaultier mesh shirts or a Dior saddlebag as the ultimate conversation starter. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 22 Aug. 2021 Yesterday in Manhattan, Holmes headed out for a smoothie in Vince’s ribbed racerback tank dress and Hunting Season’s large leather saddlebag. Janelle Okwod, Vogue, 25 June 2021 In contrast, Handy's book was hand-sewn, simple and small enough to be slipped into a pocket or a saddlebag. Jenna Ross, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 On the ride, an alarm sounded on Pottinger’s cell phone in the saddlebag. Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2020 Hadid, who raises chickens, cattle, ponies and more on her farm, included a photo of the pair getting ready to go horseback riding as they are seen holding a saddlebag and wearing riding boots. Georgia Slater,, 12 Sep. 2020 As for carrying stuff on your bike, there was a time when anything more than a tiny saddlebag was a tremendous faux pas. Eben Weiss, Outside Online, 11 Dec. 2019 Something about packing saddlebags, suiting up in Spandex and having the freedom to explore wherever our legs were strong enough to take us kicked this into a higher category than your typical weekend getaway. Lori Rackl,, 30 Sep. 2019 The latest collector’s item to catch her eye is Dior’s metal saddlebag from Kim Jones’s Pre-Fall 2019 menswear runway. Vogue, 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of saddlebag

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of saddlebag was in 1742

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11 Oct 2021

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“Saddlebag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of saddlebag

: one of a pair of bags that are laid across the back of a horse behind the saddle or that hang over the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle


sad·​dle·​bag | \ ˈsad-ᵊl-ˌbag How to pronounce saddlebag (audio) \

Medical Definition of saddlebag

: a bulge of lumpy fat in the outer area of the upper thighs


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