[sach-uh l]


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 formssatch·eled, adjectiveun·satch·eled, adjective




Leroy RobertSatchel, 1906–82, U.S. baseball player. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of satchel

Historical Examples of satchel

  • 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 Formssatchelled, adjective

Word Origin for satchel

C14: from Old French sachel a little bag, from Late Latin saccellus, from Latin saccus sack 1
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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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