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Definitions for carpetbag
ˈkɑr pɪtˌbægcar·pet·bag

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carpetbagadjective

    traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century

  2. carpetbagadjective

    following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers

    "carpetbag adventurers"; "a carpetbag government"

  3. carpetbag, carpetbaggingadjective

    presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality

    "a carpetbag stranger"; "a capetbag politician"


  1. carpetbagnoun

    A traveling bag made from carpet scraps used primarily in the United States in the 19 century.

  2. carpetbagverb

    To come to a place or organisation with which one has no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain.

  3. carpetbagadjective

    having the characteristics of carpetbaggers

    carpetbag travels

  4. Etymology: carpet + bag


  1. carpetbag

    A carpet bag is a top-opening travelling bag made of carpet, commonly from an oriental rug. It was a popular form of luggage in the United States and Europe in the 19th century, featuring simple handles and only an upper frame, which served as its closure. Some small modern versions are used as handbags or purses. The Reconstruction-era carpet bag illustrated is made from a remnant of Printed Tapestry Velvet Carpet (Whytock ; patent 1832, Edinburgh). Extant examples of this style of carpet can be seen at Hampton National Historic Site: National Park Service: Towson, Maryland, and Andrew Jacksons Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. A United Kingdom extant installation can be seen at Burton Constable Hall, in Yorkshire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carpetbagnoun

    a portable bag for travelers; -- so called because originally made of carpet

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carpetbag in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carpetbag in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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