Handbag vs. Satchel - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Handbag and Satchel is that the Handbag is a handled medium-to-large bag that is often fashionably designed, typically used by women, to hold personal items and Satchel is a bag.


  • Handbag

    A handbag, also called purse in North American English, is a handled medium-to-large bag used to carry personal items.

  • Satchel

    A satchel is a bag, often with a strap. The strap is often worn so that it diagonally crosses the body, with the bag hanging on the opposite hip, rather than hanging directly down from the shoulder. They are traditionally used for carrying books. The back of a satchel extends to form a flap that folds over to cover the top and fastens in the front. Unlike a briefcase, a satchel is soft-sided.


  • Handbag (noun)

    A small bag used by women (or sometimes by men) for carrying various small personal items.

  • Handbag (noun)

    An subgenre of house music of the late 1980s, often with booming vocals.

  • Handbag (verb)

    Figuratively, to hit with a handbag; to attack verbally or subject to criticism (used of Margaret Thatcher). ety

  • Satchel (noun)

    A bag or case with one or two shoulder straps, especially used to carry books etc.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Handbag (noun)

    a small bag used by a woman to carry everyday personal items.

  • Handbag (noun)

    a confrontation that does not lead to serious fighting, especially among soccer players.

  • Handbag (verb)

    (of a woman) verbally attack or crush (a person or idea) ruthlessly and forcefully

    "I saw her last week and got handbagged for 15 minutes"

Webster Dictionary

  • Handbag (noun)

    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.

  • Satchel (noun)

    A little sack or bag for carrying papers, books, or small articles of wearing apparel; a hand bag.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Handbag (noun)

    a bag used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women);

    "she reached into her bag and found a comb"

  • Satchel (noun)

    luggage consisting of a small case with a flat bottom and (usually) a shoulder strap

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