satch·​el | \ˈsa-chəl \

Definition of satchel 

: a small bag often with a shoulder strap

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satchelful \ˈsa-​chəl-​ˌfu̇l \ noun

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Authorities said the medals were in a leather satchel that was put on top of a vehicle before driving away. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Vietnam veteran reunited with lost Purple Heart, thanks to fellow veteran and his dog," 21 Sep. 2018 Women and men used to wear pockets equally, Summers writes: Everyone wore belts with satchels hanging from them in medieval times. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Pockets are important to women, and high-fashion designers are recognizing that," 21 Sep. 2018 Hogwarts-goers in the ‘20s also carried leather satchels stamped with the school crest that need to appear in my closet immediately. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Fantastic Beasts Costume Designer Says Hogwarts Robes Are Getting a MAJOR Upgrade in the New Movie," 23 Aug. 2018 In her hand was a mini top-handle pink satchel and around her neck was a bright white polaroid camera. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Wears Fuzzy Slippers and Socks in Los Angeles," 13 July 2018 Mayfield comes to town with a satchel full of the off-the-field indiscretions, including a crotch-grab, a throat slash, an arrest for public intoxication and a few other things. Mary Kay Cabot,, "Baker Mayfield: 'I'm not going to try to prove that not I'm Johnny' Manziel," 27 Apr. 2018 The runway look was finished with an LV logo belt, luggage-colored travel satchel and the brand’s high fashion take on hiking boots. Kristin Larson,, "Chicagoan Virgil Abloh debuts first Louis Vuitton collection with support from Kanye, Kim Kardashian," 22 June 2018 Video of beleaguered civilians carrying satchels and children, some piled high onto trucks and tractors, aired on Syrian state news media. Nada Homsi And Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "‘We Were Dying in There’: Thousands of Syrians Flee Rebel Enclave," 15 Mar. 2018 One of the other items in my closet that is very London-based is my satchel bag. Jamie Lisanti,, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of satchel

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for satchel

Middle English sachel, from Anglo-French sachel, sacel, from Late Latin saccellum, diminutive of Latin sacculus, diminutive of saccus bag — more at sack

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English Language Learners Definition of satchel

: a small bag that is carried over your shoulder and that is used for carrying clothes, books, etc.


satch·​el | \ˈsa-chəl \

Kids Definition of satchel

: a small bag (as for carrying clothes or books) that often has a shoulder strap

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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