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A satchel is a bag, often with a strap.[1] 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 commonly used for carrying books.[2] Satchels are most often made of leather or cloth.

The main difference between a satchel and a briefcase is that a satchel is soft-sided. As well, satchels often have straps and briefcases never do.

There is some overlap between a satchel and some styles of messenger bag, however messenger bags come in a wider variety of materials and form factors, and messenger bags always have a strap.

A man carrying a satchel.
Man carrying a satchel



The satchel became a fashion accessory and was popular during the 17th century.[citation needed] The satchel predates the backpack.[citation needed]

In literature

The satchel is often associated with the classic image of the English schoolboy: "And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel" is a phrase from Shakespeare's monologue All the world's a stage.

In popular culture

The satchel is referenced in the movie The Hangover, where the character Alan Garner says "it's not a purse, it's called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one."[3]

The bag he was actually carrying was a Roots Village Bag.[4] Following the attention due to the movie, Roots released a larger bag, called simply The Satchel, however the design of both the Village Bag and The Satchel are not the same as the traditional satchel.

See also


  1. ^ Satchel,, Accessed 28 October 2009
  2. ^ Satchel,, Accessed 28 October 2009
  3. ^ Memorable Quotes from The Hangover,, Accessed October 29, 2009
  4. ^ Village Bag on the Silver Screen,, Accessed Oct 29, 2009


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