One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bag carried on the shoulder by a long strap and closed by a flap, used especially for school books.
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- ‘The man carried a small satchel on his back full to the brim with goods, but this year there were no customers.’
- ‘White-coated show members with satchels hanging from their shoulders collect admission money at the gates.’
- ‘His clothes were rags, as was the satchel he carried, and he was boarding the third class plank.’
- ‘Mrs Barley opened her handbag, a brown leather affair like a small satchel.’
- ‘Jim had been laid up for months and still carried a satchel full of medications.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They didn't speak for some time, until Faimon closed the book, and put it into his satchel.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He had his satchel under one arm and the phone clutched in the opposite hand.’
- ‘Now, the police are taking things a step further, and have set up airport-style tables to inspect random shopping bags and satchels.’
- ‘I was starting to get cabin fever and I quickly got up, gathering my books into my satchel.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I slung my satchel over my shoulder and shook her outstretched hand.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘We sat down at the table in the lounge and that's when he handed me the satchel he was carrying.’
- ‘Martin went round in circles clutching his carrier bag of clothes in one hand and his leather satchel of papers in the other.’
- ‘Bits and pieces of color were noticeable on the satchels but that was it.’
Middle English: from Old French sachel, from Latin saccellus ‘small bag’.
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