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handbag

[hand-bag] /ˈhændˌbæg/
noun
1.
a bag or box of leather, fabric, plastic, or the like, held in the hand or carried by means of a handle or strap, commonly used by women for holding money, toilet articles, small purchases, etc.
2.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; hand + bag
Can be confused
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  • Carry all of your game day essentials in this stylish yet practical handbag.
  • Pack some of your favorite non-perishable snacks from home in your handbag.
  • When lithium-ion batteries were invented, mobile phones became small enough to be carried in a pocket or slipped into a handbag.
  • Gourmet chocolate bars are the equivalent of a designer handbag.
British Dictionary definitions for handbag

handbag

/ˈhændˌbæɡ/
noun
1.
Also called bag, (US and Canadian) purse, (chiefly US) pocketbook. a woman's small bag carried to contain personal articles
2.
a small suitcase that can be carried by hand
3.
a commercial style of House music
Word Origin
(for sense 3) C20: humorous allusion to the trend for groups of women to dance round their handbags in discos, nightclubs, etc
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Word Origin and History for handbag
n.

also hand-bag, 1854, from hand (n.) + bag (n.).

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