Definition of rucksack in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrʌksak/
Pronunciation: /ˈrʊksak/


A bag with shoulder straps which allow it to be carried on someone’s back, typically made of a strong, waterproof material and widely used by hikers.
Example sentences
  • In addition, no bags, rucksacks & backpacks larger than eight inches square will be allowed beyond the ticketing and security checkpoints or into the grounds of the Belfry.
  • He was carrying a small rucksack and a small green carrier bag.
  • He was wearing a green jacket and dark coloured waterproof trousers and had been carrying a grey rucksack.


Mid 19th century: from German, from rucken (dialect variant of Rücken 'back') + Sack 'bag, sack'.

  • This is an adoption of a German word, from rucken (a dialect variant of Rücken ‘back’) and Sack ‘bag, sack’.

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