handbag
handbag hand"bag` 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; as, she had to search under the cosmetics, hankies, and medicines in her handbag to find a comb.

Syn: bag, pocketbook, purse. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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