AskDefine | Define holdall

Dictionary Definition

holdall n : a capacious bag or basket [syn: carryall, tote, tote bag]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A large bag for carrying things whilst travelling

Extensive Definition

A holdall, or gym bag in the US, is a large bag made of cloth or leather typically with a rectangular base and a zippered opening at the top. Two handles enable the bag to be carried, and a strap (often optional) lets the user support the bag on the shoulders.
It is often used to carry luggage or sports equipment, and has the advantage over the suitcase of being compressible when empty.

The 'Hold-all' in India

A 'hold-all' is also used to carry bedding and blankets etc... Students, enrolled in boarding schools in India, are issued a 'Hold-all' to carry their blankets, quilts and clothes. It is a flat, rectangular, canvas bag, when unravelled. Once filled, it is rolled like a sleeping bag and held together with straps.


holdall in German: Turnbeutel
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