Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman's purse.
  • n. A piece of small hand luggage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small bag used by women (or sometimes by men) for carrying various small personal items.
  • n. An anthemic subgenre of house music of the late 1980s, often with booming vocals.
  • v. (transitive, humorous) Figuratively, to hit with a handbag; to attack verbally or subject to criticism (used originally of Margaret Thatcher).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a satchel; a small bag for carrying books, papers, parcels, etc.
  • n. a small bag usually made of cloth, leather or a similar imitation material, and often having a strap to permit carrying it by slinging it over a shoulder, used by women to carry money and small personal items or accessories.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A bag for small articles, carried in the hand in traveling or shopping.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)

Etymologies

hand +‎ bag. The music genre is named from women dancing around a pile of their handbags in nightclubs. (Wiktionary)

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