wal·​let | \ ˈwä-lət \

Definition of wallet

1 : a bag for carrying miscellaneous articles while traveling
2a : a folding pocketbook with compartments for personal papers and usually unfolded paper money also : billfold
b : a container that resembles a money wallet: such as
(1) : a usually flexible folding case fitted for carrying specific items (such as tools or fishing flies)
3 : resources, funds a shopping mall that seems to swallow your wallet— Karen Wright

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Synonyms for wallet


carry-on, carryall, grip, handbag, holdall [chiefly British], portmanteau, suitcase, traveling bag

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Examples of wallet in a Sentence

She paid the bill and tucked her wallet back into her pocket. He pulled a few bills out of his wallet.

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Well Woven makes a very wallet-friendly option that would look marvelous in my living room. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "14 Vogue Editors Reveal Their Black Friday Wish Lists," 21 Nov. 2018 How truly embarrassing for all the people who thought handbags were invented to carry around trivial necessities like your wallet, lipstick, and keys? Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Carrying Nothing But a Bottle of Rosé in Her Bag Is a Real Mood," 10 Sep. 2018 Target’s Beauty Box offers a sampling of such gems in a an equally wallet-friendly package. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "11 Beauty Subscription Boxes For Every Beauty Regimen," 30 July 2018 Items taken included a wallet, baseball bag, sunglasses, loose change and phone charging cords. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "Police blotter: Five cars entered in one night in Western Springs," 12 July 2018 Authorities say Huynh had in his possession a wallet, a motor vehicle registration card from Virginia and drawings of houses. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Three men arrested in unrelated breaches of White House, Capitol grounds," 12 July 2018 Prosecutors said Moulder robbed the victim of his wallet, money, cellphone and a vehicle. Steve Burns, ajc, "Cobb cold-case killer gets two life terms," 29 June 2018 The man turned over his wallet, shoes, house keys and pants, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "They met online and were robbed on their first date. It was all a plan, Missouri cops say," 23 June 2018 According to a report published by The New Yorker's Ronan Farrow in November, police said a worker cleaning the plane found McGowan's wallet, and in it were two small bags of powder that later tested positive as cocaine. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Rose McGowan indicted on felony drug charge," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of wallet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wallet

Middle English walet

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The first known use of wallet was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of wallet

: a small folding case that holds paper money, credit cards, etc.


wal·​let | \ ˈwä-lət \

Kids Definition of wallet

: a small flat case for carrying paper money and personal papers

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