Definition of brown bag in English:

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brown bag


1A bag made of opaque brown paper.
Example sentences
  • ‘In fact, there is,’ Savannah began as she pulled out a paper brown bag.
  • I got up, throwing the goldfish into my paper brown bag, and walked to the trashcan, depositing the lunch.
  • My first grade teacher, Mrs. Williams, had each of us decorate our own little brown bag the week before the Big Day.
1.1A bag made of brown paper in which a lunch is packed and carried to work, school, or informal functions: [as modifier]: a brown-bag lunch
More example sentences
  • Little did Nurse Kopeck know, but I always packed myself a massive brown bag lunch full of all kind of fattening foods.
  • The CCEAC will also be holding a series of brown bag lunches to inform students about climate change.
  • Loaded down with water bottles, field journals and brown bag lunches, the students boarded the bright yellow school bus at 9: 00 am.


[with object] (brown-bag it)
Take a packed lunch to work or school: no school lunch next week, so I’m brown-bagging it
More example sentences
  • I walk to a local taco joint for lunch or brown bag it and read graphic novels during my lunch break.
  • Most of us brown bag it every day, so this month, we feature a few places that offer some of the tastiest lunches to go.
  • Envision how many people you could feed if you get your workplace, friends, and/or church to brown bag it for a week too.



Example sentences
  • The growing number of brown baggers indicate that the process has simplified indeed.
  • So I guess I'll have to be a brown bagger for life.
  • The structure thus presented provides a viable alternative to the brown bagger and permits him or her to carry any manner of food desired for his or her lunch.

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Syllabification: brown bag

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