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

And pulling flavored vape cartridges from convenience store shelves is unlikely to hit Big Tobacco in the pocketbook, Huang says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "What a ban on e-cigarette flavors could mean for Big Tobacco," 9 Nov. 2018 Instead of envisioning what should or could be best for the greatest city in the world, New York, politicians continue to think of themselves and their own pocketbooks first and foremost. New York Times, "The 1.7.18 Issue," 19 Jan. 2018 The pastel puzzler is easy on the eyes and easy on the pocketbook. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Gnog Review: Short and sweet puzzle unboxing," 12 Aug. 2018 Alexander Wang’s chain-link pocketbook toed the same line between polished and edgy. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Turns the T-Shirt-and-Jeans Pairing Into an Art Form," 24 July 2018 His absence was notable, though, both in the locker room and in his pocketbook. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals' Dunlap: ‘Felt painted as a selfish guy, but that wasn’t my objective’," 12 June 2018 This is about one thing: Protecting the brand (which means protect the pocketbook). Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "NFL's new national anthem policy will hardly silence players protesting social injustice," 23 May 2018 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

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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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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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