AskDefine | Define carryall

Dictionary Definition

carryall n : a capacious bag or basket [syn: holdall, tote, tote bag]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A large bag; a holdall
  2. A light, covered carriage drawn by a single horse
  3. Any of several types of automobile


  • 1823 John Brannan - Official Letters of the Military and Naval Officers of the United States . . .
    I had despatched colonel Wells early in the evening in a carryall to procure intelligence.
  • 2002 Rochelle Hollander Schwab - A Departure from the Script
    Naomi . . . unpacked several rolled flannel pouches that looked like those I kept my good silver in, and put them into a canvas carryall.

Extensive Definition

For the type of bag called a carryall, see Holdall.
''For the fictional vehicle referenced in the Dune universe, see Carryall (Dune)
A carryall is a type of carriage used in the United States in the 19th century. It is a light, four-wheeled vehicle, usually drawn by a single horse and with seats for four or more passengers. The word is derived by folk etymology from the French carriole.
The name carryall was later used for a passenger automobile having a closed body and two facing seats along the sides. More recently, automobile manufacturers have employed the term to refer to larger sport utility vehicles. These vehicles had station wagon-like bodies on light truck chassis. The GMC Suburban (now called the Yukon XL) was once known as the GMC Carryall Suburban.
In Canada, the term "carryall" is often also used to refer to a type of sleigh. It is about 4 m (13 ft) long and 0.5 m (1.5 ft) wide, fitted with a canvas or hide container. It is pulled by dogs or a snowmobile. It is used principally by trappers and hunters to transport people and goods.
The term is also used for a carrier with a scraperlike self-loading device drawn by a tractor, pushed by a bulldozer or self-propelled. It is used especially for hauling earth and crushed rock. It is also used to refer to a type of bag, normally smaller then a purse but with the same strap design that in culture can be carried by both sexes (but is often considered metrosexual).
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