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pock·​et·​book ˈpä-kət-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce pocketbook (audio)
often pocket book : a small especially paperback book that can be carried in the pocket
: a flat typically leather folding case for money or personal papers that can be carried in a pocket or handbag
: financial resources : income
: economic interests


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: relating to or involving economic interests

Example Sentences

Noun she pulled some lip balm out of her pocketbook
Recent Examples on the Web
Louisville, which reached the title game. Time to open up the pocketbook, Toreros. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 2022 Protein is where the pocketbook often takes a hit, Drummond says. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 Inflation is now also influencing the reprioritization of resources, driving shopper promiscuity in a very tangible way: at the pocketbook. Rebecca Brooks, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 More considered choices mean less shopping, which is good for the planet and the pocketbook. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2022 The film is a work of compromise, between director and stars, between screenplay and Hollywood mores, and between Puig and his pocketbook—one that reinforces the very categories that the novel sought to break down. Isaac Butler, The New Yorker, 11 Dec. 2022 LeBron James' move this week to buy into a professional pickleball team is unlikely to weigh heavily on his pocketbook. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 6 Oct. 2022 Winter utility bills can get high, and when cold temps are putting a pinch on your pocketbook, who wants to shell out and splurge on a heater? Gabriel Morgan, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Oct. 2022 There are many indications that inflation might finally be cooling down, which would allow the Fed to pull back and create more pocketbook stability in family budgets. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 28 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pocketbook was in 1617

Dictionary Entries Near pocketbook

Cite this Entry

“Pocketbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pocketbook. Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


often pocket book : a small especially paperback book
: a container for money and personal papers : wallet
: financial resources : income
a price suited to your pocketbook

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