Definition of handbag in US English:

handbag

noun

  • A woman's purse.

    • ‘Photographs reveal her conventionally dressed, complete with handbag.’
    • ‘Check this brand of handbag out, you will not be disappointed!’
    • ‘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 going to own something that cost someone a month's rent, it shouldn't just clutter your desk or handbag, after all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dainty purses and handbags, made of jute, have a classy casual look.’
    • ‘Both teenagers who cannot be named for legal reasons, face a further charge of stealing a handbag containing a purse, cash and credit cards.’
    • ‘Also at another golf club, this time in Strandhill, on Thursday last, two cars were broken into and handbags and purses were stolen.’
    • ‘He then demanded money and the student took her purse out of her handbag and threw it on the ground.’
    • ‘She seemed as if she was going out as she had a car key in her hand and a handbag over her shoulder.’
    • ‘Contributed items covering five tables included a brief case, handbags, purse, gloves, toiletries and many other items.’
    • ‘Her gaze drifted through the curious faces all trained on her and she tightened her grip on her oversized black handbag.’
    • ‘She later checked her handbag and found a purse with £500 had been stolen.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘If you are not very tall, a bottle shaped handbag would look best.’
    bag, shoulder bag, clutch bag, evening bag, pochette
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Pronunciation

handbag

/ˈhæn(d)ˌbæɡ//ˈhan(d)ˌbaɡ/