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[hand-bag] /ˈhændˌbæg/
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 of handbag
1860-65; hand + bag
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for handbag
  • 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.
  • The dollar volume in the handbag industry has been falling steadily in the last few years although unit sales are fairly constant.
  • Crisp calls its falafels handbag sandwiches for their eco-paper packaging, complete with clever zipper waists.
  • 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


Also called bag, (US and Canadian) purse, (chiefly US) pocketbook. a woman's small bag carried to contain personal articles
a small suitcase that can be carried by hand
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

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

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