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

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 But the issue that transformed Ms. Yoder, a stay-at-home mother, from a reliable voter to the kind of person who brings three young children to an evening campaign rally wasn’t her Christian values or her pocketbook. Lisa Lerer, New York Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Jeana packed her bag, gathered up Thor, put John’s gun in her pocketbook. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 As a strike authorization vote looms, some IATSE members have decided to cancel their streaming subscriptions in hopes of sending a message that would hit the studios in the pocketbook. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 American taxpayers also footed the bill for the Secret Service to stay at Trump properties -- money that went right back into the Trump family pocketbook. Jill Filipovic, CNN, 14 Sep. 2021 A Labor Day weekend road trip is going to put extra strain on your pocketbook this year. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Moreover, the campaigns ability to commmunicate how improvement in Tide’s formula allows for a scenario where more loads can be washed in a way that saves energy while being softeron the pocketbook is brilliant. Charles Taylor, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 For Chicago resident Lana Waters, the recent arrival of her first $550 child tax credit check will ease the pinch to her pocketbook when shopping for back-to-school supplies and uniforms this month for her two young daughters. Karen Ann Cullotta, chicagotribune.com, 23 July 2021 In addition to the potential penalties, Trump will incur legal fees in defending his business from the charges—all direct dents to his pocketbook. Barbara Mcquade, Time, 2 July 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Pocketbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocketbook. Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pocketbook

: a bag usually with handles and pockets that is used by women to carry money and personal belongings : purse handbag
: 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

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

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