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[sach-uh l] /ˈsætʃ əl/
a small bag, sometimes with a shoulder strap.
Origin of satchel
1300-50; Middle English sachel < Old French < Latin saccellus, double diminutive of saccus sack1; see -elle
Related forms
satcheled, adjective
unsatcheled, adjective


[peyj] /peɪdʒ/
Leroy Robert ("Satchel") 1906–82, U.S. baseball player. Unabridged
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  • Watching my chance, I slipped this into her satchel and hoped that she would read it soon.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • She pulled the satchel toward her, her fingers seeking to close it.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • If it's a middlin' good-lookin' young woman with a satchel, that's 'Gusty.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • She took the paper up to her room and hid it very carefully in her satchel.

    Pretty Madcap Dorothy Laura Jean Libbey
  • So he took the hundred karbovantsya out of his satchel and gave them to Ivan.

British Dictionary definitions for satchel


a rectangular bag, usually made of leather or cloth and provided with a shoulder strap, used for carrying books, esp school books
Derived Forms
satchelled, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French sachel a little bag, from Late Latin saccellus, from Latin saccussack1
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Word Origin and History for satchel

"small bag," mid-14c., from Old French sachel, from Late Latin saccellum "money bag, purse," diminutive of Latin sacculus, diminutive of saccus "bag" (see sack (n.1)).


fem. proper name, also a family name, variant of page (n.2) "young servant."

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Slang definitions & phrases for satchel



  1. The buttocks; rump; keister: a chance to rest my satchel
  2. satch
  3. A jazz musician who plays a horn


To prearrange the outcome of a fight, race, etc; fix, rig: It was satcheled against him

[1940s+; verb sense fr in the bag]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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