pocketbook

noun
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

pocketbook

adjective

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

Noun

she pulled some lip balm out of her pocketbook

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People vote their pocketbooks and while the economy has recovered from a nearly three-year recession, the central bank forecasts growth at a mere 1.4% this year and only 2.4% next year. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Trumpian Candidate," 30 Sep. 2018 Keep this information and a list nearby, or keep the number for your veterinarian and a local emergency animal clinic in your phone or pocketbook. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Sure Your Pets Have a Happy Holiday Too," 12 Nov. 2018 This year, metro Detroit establishments have offers that are easy on the pocketbook. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Free sandwiches and specials for Father's Day," 15 June 2018 Getting government off your back, out of your pocketbook. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "2019's Barrier-Breaking Politicians Get to Work," 3 Jan. 2019 What could the merger mean for competition - and your pocketbook? Brian Fung, chicagotribune.com, "What the T-Mobile and Sprint merger means for you," 30 Apr. 2018 Photo: Rivian This is above all a pocketbook issue for me. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Think Electric Vehicles Are Great Now? Just Wait...," 26 Dec. 2018 The agreement to redevelop the base is set to be signed formally at the APEC meeting, where Mr. Xi is expected to open China’s pocketbook for Pacific leaders for a range of infrastructure and energy investment projects, backed by concessional loans. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "U.S.-Made Drones Add Muscle to Australia’s Military Buildup," 15 Nov. 2018 The chain-link strap of Jenner’s Longchamp pocketbook furthered the metal-trim moment, while a pair of black python Yeezy boots gave the ensemble a mod lift. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Olé! Olé! Kendall Jenner Elevates Toreador Style in Paris," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of pocketbook

Noun

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pocketbook was in 1617

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pocketbook

noun

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

pocketbook

noun
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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