satch·​el | \ ˈsa-chəl How to pronounce satchel (audio) \

Definition of satchel

: a small bag often with a shoulder strap

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satchelful \ ˈsa-​chəl-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce satchelful (audio) \ noun

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Launched in the 1980s but finding full flower in the ’90s, the nylon Prada satchel actually had many virtues. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018 But as the bus jounced along and the woman in the suit sat primly with her satchel in her lap, Magdalena changed her mind. Stephanie Green,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019 Ali Ahamed’s black satchel was overflowing with turtles, their tiny heads poking out. Kurt Wagner,, "A black market in wildlife trafficking thrives on Facebook and Instagram," 12 July 2019 Instinctively, my hand goes to the leather satchel resting on my hip. David Canfield,, "First look: Next year's biggest YA fantasy could be All the Stars and Teeth," 2 July 2019 Okay, forget Mother's Day; this brown-and-white satchel is on our wishlist. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 The batteries, which Abdulraheem carried around in a special satchel, connected with the machine in her chest via a plastic tube. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "This mom worried about a 'purse snatching' while waiting for her new heart," 4 Apr. 2018 That's why my current bag collection includes more than 50 purses, from crossbody styles and satchels to shoulder and bucket bags. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "The Item I Wear to Death: My Marc Jacobs Tote," 3 Apr. 2019 Ed Lazere, dressed in a salmon button-down and carrying a Sierra Club satchel bag, approached a neighbor in the increasingly hip and expensive Brookland neighborhood in Northeast Washington. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "Why this D.C. Council race is a proxy fight over the city’s future," 11 June 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 How to pronounce satchel (audio) \

Kids Definition of satchel

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

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to spread over or through

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