handbag

[hand-bag]
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.

Origin:
1860–65; hand + bag

briefcase, handbag, pocketbook, purse, valise, wallet.
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handbag (ˈhændˌbæɡ)
 
n
1.  bag, purse, Also called: 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
 
[(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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Example sentences
While you wait for a cappuccino, a pretty fashionista asks who designed your
  handbag.
If they are eyeing an old lady's handbag, they may be up to no good.
It's small enough to fit in a handbag, has a pink case and comes with a stylus
  to protect delicate nail jobs.
There was a time when a handbag was a handbag was a handbag, and the same
  applied to evening designs.
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