Definition of satchel in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Mrs Barley opened her handbag, a brown leather affair like a small satchel.’
    • ‘At one point Marcos asked her to show everyone what she had in her satchel.’
    • ‘We sat down at the table in the lounge and that's when he handed me the satchel he was carrying.’
    • ‘Now, the police are taking things a step further, and have set up airport-style tables to inspect random shopping bags and satchels.’
    • ‘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 stuffed his mother's old dishtowels into the satchels to keep the cans from banging together.’
    • ‘I was starting to get cabin fever and I quickly got up, gathering my books into my satchel.’
    • ‘I slung my satchel over my shoulder and shook her outstretched hand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They didn't speak for some time, until Faimon closed the book, and put it into his 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.’
    • ‘Tara just looked at his face while Rob started to open his satchel and take out a small sketch book.’
    • ‘Manono is a car-free, sandy-bayed idyll, where school children saunter with their satchels under swaying palm trees, wandering the round-island footpath.’
    • ‘What freedom can we Indians boast of when thousands of children can be seen rattling in garbage dumps instead of carrying satchels to school?’
    suitcase, case, valise, portmanteau, holdall, carryall, grip, overnight bag, overnighter, flight bag, travelling bag, gladstone bag, carpet bag
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Middle English: from Old French sachel, from Latin saccellus small bag.