1. A small, sturdy bag, often made of leather and having a shoulder strap: I put a change of clothes and my toiletries in my satchel for an overnight trip to Chicago.
2. A woman's handbag that typically has an interior frame, a rectangular shape, a flat bottom, double handles, and a hinged or zippered opening.
[Middle English sachel, from Old French, from Late Latin saccellus, from Latin sacculus, diminutive of saccus, bag; see SACK1.]
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