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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

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Now brands face a new challenge: how to bundle essentials in a way that’s good for pocketbooks, the planet, and spontaneous schedules. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "As More Products Are Made for Single People, a Waste Conundrum Emerges," 22 June 2019 Too much for the climate, too much for people’s pocketbooks, too much for the community in terms of congestion, too much for people’s time. Andrew Moore, National Geographic, "To build the cities of the future, we must get out of our cars," 17 June 2019 Without the pocketbooks of Chinese tourists, Thailand’s economy could falter further. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thailand Probes Boat Sinking, With Billions of Chinese Tourist Dollars at Stake," 21 Nov. 2018 But if the trade war continues into the spring of 2019, the owners of thousands of smaller farms, many handed down from generation to generation, could face tough decisions, pitting their pocketbooks against the president's policies. NBC News, "Betting the farm: Why the heartland still believes in Trump despite plunging prices," 6 July 2018 Second to that is the demand the art form places on the pocketbook: A single pair of ballet pointe slippers starts at $80, and a dancer can go through multiple pairs in a week due to wear and tear. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The School of American Ballet Hosts a Dance-Party Gala Dinner," 18 Mar. 2019 According to surveys one of us (Mueller) conducted of Niamey residents in 2011, pocketbook concerns were the most salient grievances in uprisings that precipitated a 2010 coup against President Mamadou Tandja. Lisa Mueller, Washington Post, "Niger’s protests are ramping up. Here’s why.," 26 Mar. 2018 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

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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

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


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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