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Definition of pocketbook

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 often pocket book : a small especially paperback book that can be carried in the pocket
2 : a flat typically leather folding case for money or personal papers that can be carried in a pocket or handbag
4a : financial resources : income
b : economic interests



Definition of pocketbook (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or involving economic interests

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Synonyms for pocketbook

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pocketbook in a Sentence

Noun she pulled some lip balm out of her pocketbook
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Giving to those in need provides rewards greater than what is in your pocketbook. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 22, 2020: Gemini, be brave and honest; Aquarius, play it by ear," 22 Jan. 2020 The willingness of American shoppers to open their pocketbooks is what's driving the country's economy and minimizing the impact of the trade war. Lance Lambert, Fortune, "Exclusive: Consumer confidence nears a record high in the U.S., but dips in China and Europe," 16 Jan. 2020 Whether intentional or not, scalpers took the hit in their pocketbooks, issuing refunds and credits on hundreds of tickets. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Black Keys Ticketing Blame Game Overshadows Larger Issues Ahead for Concert Business," 24 Sep. 2019 Maybe the best way to get their attention is to go in their pocketbook. cleveland.com, "Mayfield Heights councilman seeks to increase penalty for not stopping for a stopped school bus," 15 Sep. 2019 Now that the fallout has begun to hit the pocketbooks of people across the region, some policymakers are calling for states and the federal government to loosen restrictions on unemployment benefits. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's economic catastrophe mounts with each passing hour amid coronavirus pandemic," 18 Mar. 2020 Theft: South Green Road At 2 p.m. Jan. 18, police were called to Heinen’s, 2180 S. Green Road, where a woman reported that someone stole her pocketbook from her purse. cleveland, "Woman found walking while wearing only a blanket, arrested on felony warrant: University Heights police blotter," 22 Jan. 2020 Though the Queen has her pocketbook in hand despite being in her own home of Buckingham Palace, the image is a lovely picture of Christmas with family—and for a good cause. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Like You, the Royals Spent the Weekend Baking at Home With Family," 23 Dec. 2019 After all, by keeping ownership of that business, Trump has had dueling interests: the country and his pocketbook. Eric Umansky, ProPublica, "Welcome to the New Trump, Inc.," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of pocketbook


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pocketbook was in 1617

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26 Apr 2020

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“Pocketbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocketbook. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pocketbook

US, somewhat old-fashioned : a bag usually with handles and pockets that is used by women to carry money and personal belongings
US : the amount of money that someone has available to spend : someone's ability to pay for things


pock·​et·​book | \ ˈpä-kət-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce pocketbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of pocketbook

2 : the amount of money that someone has to spend The price suits my pocketbook.

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