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[al-fawr-juh; Spanish ahl-fawr-hah]
noun, plural al·for·jas [al-fawr-juh z; Spanish ahl-fawr-hahs] /ælˈfɔr dʒəz; Spanish ɑlˈfɔr hɑs/. Southwestern U.S.
  1. a saddlebag, especially one made of leather.
  2. a cheek pouch.
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Origin of alforja

1605–15; < Spanish < Arabic al-khurj the pair of saddlebags
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Examples from the Web for alforja

Historical Examples

  • When meal-time arrives, each peasant brings out the alforja, or embroidered wallet, which Sancho Panza kept so well filled.

    Things seen in Spain

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

British Dictionary definitions for alforja


noun Southwestern US
  1. a saddlebag made of leather or canvas
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Word Origin

C17: from Spanish, from Arabic al-khurj the saddlebag
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