1. a bag or box of leather, fabric, plastic, or the like, held in the hand or carried by means of a handle or strap, commonly used by women for holding money, toilet articles, small purchases, etc.
  2. valise.


  1. Also called: bag, (US and Canadian) purse, (chiefly US) pocketbook a woman’s small bag carried to contain personal articles
  2. a small suitcase that can be carried by hand
  3. a commercial style of House music

also hand-bag, 1854, from hand (n.) + bag (n.).

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