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See also: saddle-bag and saddle bag


A saddle and saddlebag on a horse
Saddlebags on a motorcycle
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  • IPA(key): /sædəlˈbæɡ/
  • Rhymes: -æɡ
  • Hyphenation: sad‧dle‧bag


From saddle +‎ bag.


saddlebag (plural saddlebags)

  1. A covered pouch, usually one of a pair, laid across the back of a horse, donkey, or mule behind its saddle, or hanging over the rear wheel of a bicycle or motorcycle; often made of leather or (on a bicycle or motorcycle) a rigid material.
    • 2006, Robert Adon Fink, Twilight Innings: A West Texan on Grace and Survival, page 16,
      Frustrated, rushed, you toss the saddlebags filled with textbooks, ungraded papers, and drafts of poems onto the back of your cruiser motorcycle and roar off down Ambler not thinking speed and a strong crosswind will lift the saddlebags into flight like some leather-winged prehistoric bird hanging in the air a second before flopping onto the busiest street in North Abilene.
    • 2008, David Thomasson, The Ghost of Hollering Woman Creek, page 59,
      Lifting the reins over the horse's head, he tied them to a nearby tree limb and moved back to the saddlebags. Untying the leather thongs that bound them behind the saddle, he picked the saddlebags up, hobbled to a nearby tree, and sat down at its base.
    • 2010, Frank W. Lewis, The Gold Rush: 1847-1849, page 417,
      There was no camp, bedroll, or fire and no other sign of a man, just the saddled horse with saddlebags and packs tied on behind it.
  2. (in the plural) Loose fatty flesh on a person's upper thighs or buttocks, that hangs like saddlebags.
  3. (architecture) A style of house with two rooms separated by a small hall and open space.


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