Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flat basket or frail for figs, etc.
  • n. A lady's flat workbasket, reticule, or handbag.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flat basket or frail for figs, etc.; hence, a lady's flat workbasket, reticule, or hand bag; -- often written caba.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In France, a kind of basket, pannier, or frail, made of woven rush- or palm-leaves or grass, generally of a round form, serving to carry provisions, especially figs, dates, raisins, or prunes.
  • n. A similar basket used as a traveling-bag; a hand-bag.
  • n. A lady's work-basket or reticule. In this and the preceding sense also (in the United States) caba.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Je n'ai pas l'intention de recuperer la mienne, je leur ai laissé mon "Pikachu" puisque je suis a deux minutes d'une grande surface mais certaine fois a pied des choses ne sont pas transportables ou alors j'ai des horaires a la con et je ne peux pas faire mes courses pendant un moment et apres j'ai trop de trucs a acheter pour pouvoir y aller seul a pied avec seulement deux cabas.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • I looked at Frances, she was putting her books into her cabas; having fastened the button, she raised her head; encountering my eye, she made a quiet, respectful obeisance, as bidding good afternoon, and was turning to depart: — “Come here,” said I, lifting my finger at the same time.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Being seated, she proceeded, still with an air of hurry and embarrassment, to open her cabas, to take out her books; and, while I was waiting for her to look up, in order to make out her identity — for, shortsighted as I was, I had not recognized her at her entrance — Mdlle.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Probably I should not have troubled myself to do so, had I been full in front; but I observed that she immediately began to slip her books into her cabas again; and, presently, after I had returned to the estrade, while I was arranging the mass of compositions, I heard the folding-door again open and close; and, on looking up, I perceived her place vacant.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • Ere she had closed the door on me and herself, the corridor was already filled with day-pupils, tearing down their cloaks, bonnets, and cabas from the wooden pegs on which they were suspended; the shrill voice of a maitresse was heard at intervals vainly endeavouring to enforce some sort of order; vainly, I say: discipline there was none in these rough ranks, and yet this was considered one of the best-conducted schools in Brussels.

    The Professor, by Charlotte Bronte

  • The patterns for the slippers, the bell-ropes, the cabas were selected — the slides and tassels for the purses chosen — the whole

    Villette

  • My earthly possessions are all reposing by me on the bed at this instant, consisting of my guitar, a change of clothes, running-bag, cabas, and this book.

    A Confederate girl's diary,

  • At my elbow lies my running - or treasure-bag, surrounded by my cabas filled with hair-pins, starch, and a band I was embroidering, etc.; near it lie our combs, etc., and the whole is crowned by my dagger; - by the way, I must add Miriam's pistol which she has forgotten,

    A Confederate girl's diary,

  • At my elbow lies my running - or treasure-bag, surrounded by my cabas filled with hair-pins, starch, and a band I was embroidering, etc.

    A Confederate Girl's Diary

  • The patterns for the slippers, the bell-ropes, the cabas were selected -- the slides and tassels for the purses chosen -- the whole "tripotage," in short, was off my mind; nothing but the fruit and the felicitations remained to be attended to.

    Villette

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  • I like odd-fangled.

    June 12, 2016

  • Now bilby's strange lingo's all tangled,
    A mélange that's new and odd-fangled.
    I have to be frank -
    I'm drawing a blank;
    Methinks his bahasa's bemangled.

    June 10, 2016

  • Aku gelem limeriques sur les Français!

    June 9, 2016

  • Poor bilby, I say with respect,
    Ignores the French boat that was wrecked.
    For Javans descended
    From Frenchies upended
    The cabas is apt and correct.

    June 9, 2016

  • Steady on, I was not holding your limerick up to reticule.

    June 7, 2016

  • Yes, a French village in Java. Reportedly the satay croissants are superb.

    June 7, 2016

  • This is a westernized village. (Picky, picky.)

    June 7, 2016

  • But thanks for the apocalyptic limerick anyway :-x

    June 6, 2016

  • Can't think of any self-respecting Javanese woman who would not be carrying her young 'un in a kain panjang, the very long sarong that is used as an over-shoulder sling.

    June 6, 2016

  • Pronunciation note: Sometimes the 's' is omitted. When present it is silent.

    June 6, 2016

  • When mountains blow up out in Java
    The villagers flee from the lava
    With the clothes on their backs,
    Some food in their packs,
    And each baby tucked in a cabas.

    June 6, 2016