Meaning of handbag

hand•bag

Pronunciation: (hand'bag"), [key]
— n.
  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.
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