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A saddle and saddlebag on a horse
Saddlebags on a motorcycle
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From saddle +‎ bag.


  • IPA(key): /sædəlˈbæɡ/
  • Rhymes: -æɡ
  • Hyphenation: sad‧dle‧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[1], 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[2], 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[3], 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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