Etymology
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handbag (n.)

also hand-bag, "bag for small articles, carried in the hand," 1854, from hand (n.) + bag (n.).

updated on May 14, 2015

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Definitions of handbag from WordNet

handbag (n.)
a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women);
Synonyms: bag / pocketbook / purse
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.