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[sad-l-bag] /ˈsæd lˌbæg/
a large bag or pouch, usually one of a pair, hung from a saddle, laid over the back of a horse behind the saddle, or mounted over the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle.
Often, saddlebags. excess fat around the hips and buttocks.
Origin of saddlebag
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One of them ran to his horse and brought a bottle from his saddlebag.

  • He stuffed the little bundle of beef and biscuit into one saddlebag.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • It was a long climb; the sacks of coins in the saddlebag on his back weighed him down.

    Shaman Robert Shea
  • Noticing that the other saddlebag bulged suspiciously, Jim opened it.

    Ticktock and Jim Keith Robertson
  • Cosimo had begun to wander up and down among the saddlebag chairs.

    Gray youth Oliver Onions
  • There was a saddlebag with spanner and oilcan, but no clue as to the owner.

    The Valley of Fear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He helped her repack the sandwiches and returned them to her saddlebag.

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Now, Ibrahim, put the things into the saddlebag, and then we shall be ready.

    The Tiger of Mysore

    G. A. Henty
  • And then Larry la Roche went down the line with a saddlebag and took up the collection.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Andrew suggested that Larry produce the contents of his saddlebag and share the spoils of war.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for saddlebag


a pouch or small bag attached to the saddle of a horse, bicycle, etc
(pl) (informal) rolls of fat protruding from the sides of a person's thighs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for saddlebag

also saddle-bag, 1774, from saddle (n.) + bag (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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