wal·​let | \ ˈwä-lət How to pronounce wallet (audio) \

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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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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to the Portsmouth Police Department, the suspects then stole a wallet and safe. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 18 Sep. 2022 Other everyday disappearances—of a childhood toy, a letter, a wallet—adumbrate the strangeness of loss and affirm the delight of finding new objects, ideas, and connections throughout life. The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2022 Police said someone stole a wallet and loose change from a car parked in the 31000 block of Ridgeland Avenue in Peotone on Aug. 29, police said. Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 Starbucks Odyssey will allow users to buy NFTs with their credit cards, rather than going through the sometimes onerous process—especially for blockchain newbies—of setting up a crypto wallet. Adario Strange, Quartz, 14 Sep. 2022 The buyer uses a digital wallet app to make a payment, and the seller doesn’t deliver the item as promised. Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2022 Hobrock does not have a wallet or cellphone with him, police said. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Aug. 2022 Binance debit card works just the same as any other bank card, except it isn’t linked to a mobile banking app, but a crypto wallet. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 25 Aug. 2022 Hawanik’s Slim Minimalist Front Pocket Wallet ticks all the essential boxes for a great AirTag wallet. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 19 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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20 Sep 2022

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“Wallet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallet. Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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wal·​let | \ ˈwä-lət How to pronounce wallet (audio) \

Kids Definition of wallet

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

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