Definition of backpack in English:



  • 1A rucksack.

    • ‘Fans will be prohibited from bringing coolers, backpacks, chairs, luggage, and duffel bags onto the premises.’
    • ‘A second later, she walked out with two duffel bags and her backpack.’
    • ‘Then the lock clicks, the door opens, the backpacks and duffel bags drop on the floor, and not long after that, you hear the zipping again.’
    • ‘We all dumped our backpacks and duffel bags in the shady grass.’
    • ‘I try to take only the smallest backpack - just hand luggage if possible - and few clothes or possessions.’
    • ‘The collection offers giant backpacks and duffel-type bags rather than structured cases.’
    • ‘The heat, on top of this, was unbearable as we lugged camera bags and purses and backpacks around.’
    • ‘Their leaking backpacks trailed sleeping bags and blankets, and one had a scruffy dog.’
    • ‘Several younger women also started wearing bum-bags and several sported backpacks.’
    • ‘We would return home in the evenings and find remnants of bin bags and backpacks.’
    • ‘And she grabbed her duffel bag and her backpack and hopped out, hoping that she could become invisible in three seconds.’
    • ‘She nodded her head sleepily and clutched the backpack to her chest.’
    • ‘There he had installed his sleeping bag, his backpack with essentials, and his flute.’
    • ‘She tightened her grip on her backpack and turned around slowly.’
    • ‘Apart from our tours, we sell hiking and adventure equipment such as tents, sleeping bags and backpacks.’
    • ‘After some hard debate, they decided to take full backpacks, with sleeping bags, a stove, a shovel, and two days' worth of food.’
    • ‘The sobbing girl turned around and ran out of the room leaving her backpack and hand bag behind with the surprised young man.’
    • ‘If you don't attend many conferences you won't have noticed that it seems to be fashionable to give out rucksacks, backpacks and haversacks as freebies to delegates.’
    • ‘On the last day of August, he walked across the river, and spent the last of his money on a new backpack and sleeping bag.’
    • ‘Hundreds of aliens Eric's age crowded the marketplace, all of them carrying bags, suitcases, backpacks and trunks.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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    1. 1.1A piece of equipment carried on a person's back.
      ‘he went to the trunk and pulled out a two-tank scuba backpack’
      • ‘As well as broadcasters in the commentary boxes there will be half a dozen radio engineers carrying backpacks within a half a mile radius accompanying the presenters to broadcast the reaction of the crowds on the ground.’
      • ‘It's made from a fire extinguisher, a scuba backpack, and a sixties gold-fleck motorcycle helmet.’
      • ‘A guy jumps out of the fire truck wearing what looks like a space suit, a breathing cylinder and mask attached and what looks like a scuba backpack on with a large hose attached.’
      • ‘I have always traveled with my gear in a plastic trunk, a scuba backpack, or suitcase and nobody has questioned it.’
      • ‘There are spotty wellies, hairy boots, bags, long coats, gilets, hats and warm gear for babies along with backpacks to carry them in.’
      • ‘I was carrying my daughter in her backpack when we visited as she was only quite small and her language abilities didn't match her ambitions.’
      • ‘You can also establish certain wanzers as support units, such as repair backpacks to ‘heal’ allies or EMP backpacks to jam enemy equipment.’


  • Travel or hike carrying one's belongings in a rucksack.

    ‘a week's backpacking in the Pyrenees’
    • ‘They take up less room than other foods and don't weigh you down - an important factor when backpacking.’
    • ‘Things don't always go to plan when you are backpacking.’
    • ‘They will be backpacking and trekking for six to eight hours a day most days, so they need a good level of fitness.’
    • ‘When backpacking, carrying your own towel is always a plus.’
    • ‘Brad built it to mimic the old growth forests he admired while hiking and backpacking as a kid.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a 23-year-old Tadcaster man has died in a freak road accident while backpacking in Australia.’
    • ‘Upon arriving in Copenhagen, I was burned out from backpacking and looking forward to a good nap.’
    • ‘When I did about 30 flights in a row while backpacking in my early twenties, I hardly ever bothered to lock my bags.’
    • ‘I met a couple who were from Chester, England and they were backpacking around Oz.’
    • ‘When backpacking, you are in the best possible position to meet new, interesting and often wonderful people, and to visit places likewise.’
    • ‘The average age was about thirty and a lot were travelers backpacking around the world.’
    • ‘Of course, the reality is that unless I devote my life to backpacking, I'm unlikely to reach more than a fraction of these destinations.’
    • ‘I went backpacking, but I got a free car and a beautiful house into the bargain and because of the kind of film it was, I got to travel all over New Zealand.’
    • ‘Sam spent six months backpacking in Australia after her degree, then worked as assistant marketing manager at a vehicle parts firm near Leeds.’
    • ‘For awhile this was fine. I mean, people grow and I wanted to get back to hiking and backpacking.’
    • ‘For many graduates, university was three years of partying and backpacking, interrupted only by the occasional lecture.’
    • ‘Blue water sailing is as different from coastal sailing as a Himalayan expedition is from backpacking in the Rockies.’
    • ‘Besides, there is also backpacking and camping out and an opportunity to contribute towards an ongoing local project with the community.’
    • ‘She graduated in 1995 and then went backpacking through Africa.’
    • ‘David learnt of the organisation when backpacking around Romania and saw the work that they were doing and was keen to help.’
    journey, tour, take a trip, go on a trip, voyage, go on an expedition, go on an excursion, go sightseeing, globetrot, backpack
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