pock·et·book | \ˈpä-kət-ˌbu̇k \

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

bag, handbag, purse

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Examples of pocketbook in a Sentence


she pulled some lip balm out of her pocketbook

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But Trump’s Monday announcement carries the potential to more significantly affect American pocketbooks, experts said. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Tariffs on Chinese goods threaten Southern California ports and could ripple through to consumers," 20 June 2018 Even patients who are using the specific drugs on Pfizer’s list may not notice much of a difference in their pocketbooks after the Tuesday deal, experts said. Erin Mershon, STAT, "What Pfizer, Trump, and consumers got out of a surprising deal — and what they didn’t," 11 July 2018 Hospitals are tracking how Ohioans' pocketbooks and their care are affected by Anthem's change. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Anthem insurance might not pay for ER visits in Ohio and Kentucky," 21 Feb. 2018 Meanwhile, investors momentarily put aside their brewing trade concerns a day after the Trump administration threatened tariffs on an additional $200 billion of products from China, including bicycles, refrigerators and pocketbooks. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Regain Ground After Losses," 12 July 2018 Missing out on the festival didn't just affect Dyer and Bartorona's pocketbooks. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "They bought tickets to a bogus sushi festival. Now they can’t get their money back," 11 July 2018 As always, the pocketbook discussion will ultimately matter most. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Free Agency: The Early Winners And Losers," 5 July 2018 Powell would proffer a wholly new outlook by claiming that Americans needed to listen not only to their hearts, pocketbooks and deep aspirations, but to what the land itself and the climate would tell them. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 Rania echoed that polished theme with accessories—Fendi stilettos and a Céline pocketbook in matching brown tones—that read totally boss. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Rania of Jordan Styles the Scarf Skirt Like a Royal Boss," 27 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of pocketbook

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

: the amount of money that someone has available to spend : someone's ability to pay for things


pock·et·book | \ˈpä-kət-ˌbu̇k \

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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