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

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Pick from the original run of tiny purses—a Dior saddlebag or a Louis Vuitton pochette—for a night out. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Logo Bags to Buy Now," 10 Oct. 2018 The surprisingly slim pack stashes easily in your jersey pocket or saddlebag. Nick Davidson, Outside Online, "8 Pieces of Bike Gear to Keep You Safe on Your Commute," 23 May 2018 The wooden wagon with steel wheels has evolved into customizable wagons made of various materials and fitted with sunshades and saddlebags in over 400 possible combinations. Robert Duffer,, "Radio Flyer celebrates 100 years with giant wagon in downtown Chicago," 13 July 2017 Some of the horses had carried unsold paintings in their saddlebags, which DeGrazia gathered up and took over to the stack of wood. Ron Dungan, azcentral, "The story behind Ted DeGrazia and how he became a famous Arizona artist," 16 Jan. 2016 Elsewhere, there are flintlock rifles and camel saddlebags; kilims and suzanis; chain mail shirts and Tartar helmets. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 Pennsylvania dropped $239 million into the saddlebags of the state’s struggling horse-racing industry last year, bringing the total amount given to the moribund Sport of Kings to $2.6 billion during the last decade. Sam Wood,, "Pa.'s horse-racing industry gets more state money than Health or Agriculture Departments," 6 Apr. 2018 Armed with foccacia, free oranges and figs, a saddlebag full of dirt and a reasonably restrained number of wine tastes, a cyclist is in good shape to finish the 25-mile loop back to the visitor center. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Less-traveled Lodi wine region perfect for two-wheeled wander," 28 Mar. 2018 The constant to- and fro-ing demands that their loads stay light—so just what exactly is worthy of a spot in their Céline totes and Dior saddlebags? Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "7 Models Reveal Their Favorite On-the-Go Beauty Essential," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of saddlebag

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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