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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for saddlebag

Historical Examples of saddlebag

  • 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.


    Robert Shea

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


    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

British Dictionary definitions for saddlebag



a pouch or small bag attached to the saddle of a horse, bicycle, etc
(plural) informal rolls of fat protruding from the sides of a person's thighs
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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