bill·​fold | \ ˈbil-ˌfōld How to pronounce billfold (audio) \

Definition of billfold

: a folding pocketbook for paper money : wallet

Examples of billfold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

When a phone can do anything a wallet can, and a million things more, what’s the point of a billfold? Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "Will the Smartphone Ever Truly Replace Your Beloved Wallet?," 2 Aug. 2018 Of course there are accessories, including billfolds and card holders in leathers and exotic skins, and shoes cobbled in Italy. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "The Row’s Premier Menswear Collection Will Land in Stores in October," 27 Aug. 2018 Even the traditional leather billfold may be on its way out. Lydia Mulvany And Lindsey Rupp,, "As leather shoes drop out of favor, cattle hides pile up," 12 June 2018 Here are some cards to consider having in your billfold. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Travel Credit Cards That Carry You Farthest," 11 Apr. 2018 In the competitive world of eye-popping credit-card travel rewards, the way to maximize benefits these days is to load your billfold with multiple cards. Scott Mccartney, WSJ, "The Travel Credit Cards That Carry You Farthest," 11 Apr. 2018 My change, some money that doesn’t make noise and my billfold. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: My cabbie’s name was Abdi. My TSA headaches suddenly seemed small," 31 Jan. 2017 Bigger billfold bargains exist, too — ranging from the Angels to the A’s. Bryce Miller,, "Padres '5-Win' ticket plan falls short of potential," 22 May 2017 Producer Snuff Garrett, a ninth-grade dropout from Texas and a canny music-biz lifer, sometimes motivated musicians while recording by taking out his billfold and ostentatiously sniffing his wad of cash. Rob Tannenbaum, Billboard, "Cher's 'Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves': Why It's One of the 20th Century's Greatest Songs," 19 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'billfold.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of billfold

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for billfold

short for earlier billfolder

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about billfold

Dictionary Entries near billfold








Statistics for billfold

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for billfold

The first known use of billfold was in 1879

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for billfold



English Language Learners Definition of billfold

US : a small folding case that holds paper money and credit cards


bill·​fold | \ ˈbil-ˌfōld How to pronounce billfold (audio) \

Kids Definition of billfold

: wallet

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on billfold

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with billfold

Spanish Central: Translation of billfold

Nglish: Translation of billfold for Spanish Speakers

Comments on billfold

What made you want to look up billfold? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Finance Words Quiz

  • a-piggy-bank
  • The etymology of mortgage is related most closely to which two words?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!