handbag

[ hand-bag ]
/ ˈhændˌbæg /

noun

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.

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Origin of handbag

First recorded in 1860–65; hand + bag

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH handbag

briefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet
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British Dictionary definitions for handbag

handbag
/ (ˈhændˌbæɡ) /

noun

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 handbag

(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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