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haversack

Definition:

a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Plural:

haversacks

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

kitbag

Etymology:

French havresac, from obsolete German Habersack: German dialectal Haber, oats...
(Source: American Heritage Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Haversack

a bag with a single shoulder strap. Although similar to a backpack, the single shoulder strap differentiates this type from other backpacks. There are exceptions to this general rule. The name 'Haversack' originates from its usage to carry 'Havercake'... (39 of 983 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Haversack

Collins Dictionary:

haversack

a canvas bag for provisions or equipment, carried on the back or shoulder (13 of 394 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/haversack

Oxford Dictionary:

haversack

a small, strong bag carried on the back or over the shoulder, used especially by soldiers and walkers (18 of 73 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/haversack

New World Dictionary:

haversack

a canvas bag for carrying rations, etc., generally worn over one shoulder, as by soldiers or hikers (17 of 57 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/haversack

American Heritage Dictionary:

haversack

A bag carried over one shoulder to transport supplies, as on a hike. (13 of 56 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/haversack

Merriam-Webster:

haversack

a bag similar to a knapsack but worn over one shoulder (11 of 40 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/haversack

Wiktionary:

haversack | haversacks [plural]

A small, strong bag carried on the back or the shoulder, usually with only one strap. Originally made of canvas. | [archaic] oat-sack, or nose-bag for a horse. (27 of 28 words, 2 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/haversack

Macmillan British Dictionary:

haversack [countable, British, outdated] | haversacks [plural]

a large bag that you carry on your back or over one shoulder, for example when you go walking or camping (21 of 27 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/haversack

Random House Dictionary:

haversack

a single-strapped bag worn over one shoulder and used for carrying supplies. | a soldier's bag for rations, extra clothing, etc. (20 of 27 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/haversack

Cambridge Dictionary:

haversack [dated]

a bag, often made from strong rough cloth, with one or two shoulder straps (14 of 20 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/haversack

Encarta Dictionary:

haversack | haversacks [plural]

a strong bag carried on the back or the shoulder, used especially by travelers or hikers (16 of 42 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616820​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

American Heritage Dictionary:

haversack

Origin: French havresac, from obsolete German Habersack: German dialectal Haber, oats (from Middle High German habere, from ... (16 of 39 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/haversack

New World Dictionary:

haversack

Origin: French havresac from German habersack, literally, sack of oats from haber (now hafer from Low German), akin to English ... (19 of 37 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/haversack

Online Etymology:

haversack

First use: 1749

Origin: French havresac (1670s), from Low German hafersach "cavalry trooper's bag for horse provender", literally "oat sack", from the common ... (20 of 29 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=haversack

Oxford Dictionary:

haversack

First use: mid 18th century

Origin: French havresac, from obsolete German Habersack, denoting a bag used by soldiers to carry oats as horse feed, from dialect Haber ... (24 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/haversack

Wiktionary:

haversack | haversacks [plural]

Origin: The term derived through the French from German language Hafersack and Dutch language haverzak, meaning an oat-sack, a nose-bag for a horse. Hafer and haver meant oats.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/haversack

Collins Dictionary:

haversack

First use: 18th century

Origin: from French havresac, from German Habersack oat bag, from Old High German habaro oats + Sacksack1

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/haversack

Merriam-Webster:

haversack

First use: 1749

Origin: French havresac, from German Habersack bag for oats, from Haber oats + Sack bag

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/haversack

Encarta Dictionary:

haversack | haversacks [plural]

First use: Mid-18th century

Origin: French havresac from obsolete German Habersack from Haber "oats" + Sack "bag"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616820​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

haversack

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "haversack"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/haversack

Macmillan British Dictionary:

haversack [countable, British, outdated] | haversacks [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "haversack"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/haversack

Cambridge Dictionary:

haversack [dated]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "haversack"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "haversack"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/haversack

the Free Dictionary:

haversack

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "haversack"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "haversack" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/haversack

Google Dictionary:

haversack | haversacks [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "haversack"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=haversack

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

haversack

Audio: North American pronunciation of "haversack"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=havers​01 word=haversack

YourDictionary Audio:

haversack

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "haversack" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/haversack

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