Definition of satchel in English:

satchel

noun

  • A bag carried on the shoulder by a long strap and closed by a flap, used especially for school books.

    • ‘Martin went round in circles clutching his carrier bag of clothes in one hand and his leather satchel of papers in the other.’
    • ‘We sat down at the table in the lounge and that's when he handed me the satchel he was carrying.’
    • ‘I slung my satchel over my shoulder and shook her outstretched hand.’
    • ‘What freedom can we Indians boast of when thousands of children can be seen rattling in garbage dumps instead of carrying satchels to school?’
    • ‘At one point Marcos asked her to show everyone what she had in her satchel.’
    • ‘White-coated show members with satchels hanging from their shoulders collect admission money at the gates.’
    • ‘The man carried a small satchel on his back full to the brim with goods, but this year there were no customers.’
    • ‘They didn't speak for some time, until Faimon closed the book, and put it into his satchel.’
    • ‘All exercises are done in the classroom itself so that children are relaxed at home and need not carry satchels stuffed with heavy loads of textbooks and exercise books.’
    • ‘Jim had been laid up for months and still carried a satchel full of medications.’
    • ‘Now, the police are taking things a step further, and have set up airport-style tables to inspect random shopping bags and satchels.’
    • ‘He had stuffed his mother's old dishtowels into the satchels to keep the cans from banging together.’
    • ‘They swept their toys, papers, and supplies into their satchels, and walked towards the building.’
    • ‘His clothes were rags, as was the satchel he carried, and he was boarding the third class plank.’
    • ‘He had his satchel under one arm and the phone clutched in the opposite hand.’
    • ‘Bits and pieces of color were noticeable on the satchels but that was it.’
    • ‘I was starting to get cabin fever and I quickly got up, gathering my books into my satchel.’
    • ‘Manono is a car-free, sandy-bayed idyll, where school children saunter with their satchels under swaying palm trees, wandering the round-island footpath.’
    • ‘Tara just looked at his face while Rob started to open his satchel and take out a small sketch book.’
    • ‘Mrs Barley opened her handbag, a brown leather affair like a small satchel.’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French sachel, from Latin saccellus ‘small bag’.

Pronunciation

satchel

/ˈsatʃ(ə)l/