Definition of haversack noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhævəsæk//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhævərsæk//
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a bag that is carried on the back or over the shoulder, especially when walking in the country Word Originmid 18th cent.: from French havresac, from obsolete German Habersack, denoting a bag used by soldiers to carry oats as horse feed, from dialect Haber ‘oats’ + Sack ‘sack, bag’.
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