Definition of handbag in English:



  • A woman's purse.

    • ‘He said a number of female cyclists have been targeted in recent weeks, and advised riders to secure their bags and not to leave purses and handbags in baskets.’
    • ‘If you are not very tall, a bottle shaped handbag would look best.’
    • ‘Check this brand of handbag out, you will not be disappointed!’
    • ‘Contrast is very in this season, so play with the possibility of white shoes and a white satchel bag, or go hog wild with a crazy, bold handbag!’
    • ‘They are all small enough to fit in a purse or handbag, and I know that you will be thankful to have them.’
    • ‘He knocked on the door and, when the woman opened it, he pushed her inside and ransacked the house, escaping with her handbag, purse and glasses.’
    • ‘She later checked her handbag and found a purse with £500 had been stolen.’
    • ‘Photographs reveal her conventionally dressed, complete with handbag.’
    • ‘A little further ahead, the strong smell of leather assailed the nostrils and the eyes were greeted with the sight of handbags, purses, wallets, key-chains and stuff like that.’
    • ‘If you are going to own something that cost someone a month's rent, it shouldn't just clutter your desk or handbag, after all.’
    • ‘Contributed items covering five tables included a brief case, handbags, purse, gloves, toiletries and many other items.’
    • ‘She seemed as if she was going out as she had a car key in her hand and a handbag over her shoulder.’
    • ‘Dainty purses and handbags, made of jute, have a classy casual look.’
    • ‘He then demanded money and the student took her purse out of her handbag and threw it on the ground.’
    • ‘Over the past two weeks a number of pensioners have had purses stolen from their handbags, particularly in the market area, and police believe the same people are responsible.’
    • ‘Okay, having at least one leather handbag is important, so now it's time for you to know how to treat and clean these leather handbags.’
    • ‘Both teenagers who cannot be named for legal reasons, face a further charge of stealing a handbag containing a purse, cash and credit cards.’
    • ‘The new store will carry a range of jewellery, many pieces of which use precious stones and are flown in from China, as well as crafted handbags, purses, silk scarves and crystal ornamental ware.’
    • ‘Her gaze drifted through the curious faces all trained on her and she tightened her grip on her oversized black handbag.’
    • ‘Also at another golf club, this time in Strandhill, on Thursday last, two cars were broken into and handbags and purses were stolen.’
    bag, shoulder bag, clutch bag, evening bag, pochette
    flight bag, travelling bag, handgrip, overnighter
    minaudière, pompadour
    purse, pocketbook
    reticule, caba, keister, dorothy bag, peggy bag, purse-bag, vanity bag
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