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Definition of "carpetbag" [car•pet•bag]

  • A traveling bag made of carpet fabric that was used chiefly in the United States during the 19th century. (noun)
  • Carpetbagging. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "carpetbag" in a sentence
  • "His decision to immediately depart that position and to "carpetbag" over from Burbank/Glendale over into the Eastern San Fernando Valley would not be met with joy by many of the voters who elected him in November."
  • "Such states as had complied and given the negro the right to vote were under "carpetbag" rule."
  • "Candace Chesterwood tossed a stack of silk handkerchiefs and a lavender pomade into her threadbare carpetbag and closed the latches with an authoritative snap."