from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small bag, often having a shoulder strap, used for carrying books or clothing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bag or case with one or two shoulder straps, especially used to carry books etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A little sack or bag for carrying papers, books, or small articles of wearing apparel; a hand bag.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small sack or bag; especially, a bag in which books (as school-books) are carried; also, any hand-bag.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. luggage consisting of a small case with a flat bottom and (usually) a shoulder strap
Middle English sachel, from Old French, from Late Latin saccellus, from Latin sacculus, diminutive of saccus, bag; see sack1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First recorded circa 1340, from Old French sachel, from Late Latin saccellum ("money bag, purse"), a diminutive of sacculus, itself a diminutive of saccus ("bag") (Wiktionary)