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)

(2) : folder sense 3a

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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The wallet-emptying experience of raising kids understandably fuels a lot of interest in the child tax credit, but thanks to some big changes recently, the fascination could reach Tickle Me Elmo-like proportions. Tina Orem, The Seattle Times, "How to make the most of the child tax credit this year," 28 Nov. 2018 Digital currency addresses are alphanumeric identifiers, which are linked to online wallets. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "U.S. Treasury Adds Digital Currency to Means of Identifying Sanctions Targets," 28 Nov. 2018 As Glamour's senior political reporter Celeste Katz writes: Knowing the rules, and even bringing them along, can help: VoteRiders makes wallet-size info cards for every state. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Check Your State's Voter Registration Deadline Before It's Too Late," 9 Oct. 2018 Hope Reese Your story begins with Cohen tossing his cellphone and wallet into the trash and boarding a Greyhound bus. Hope Reese, Vox, "Gary Shteyngart on his new book, which explores the self-delusion of Wall Street bankers," 5 Sep. 2018 To pump up the sale of the collection, the auction house has taken Ebsworth’s art on a grand tour — the Paris Biennale, London, Hong Kong — to tempt the eyes and wallets of the world’s wealthiest art-collecting elite. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "Multimillion-dollar art collection, once promised to SAM, now up for auction at Christie’s," 14 Nov. 2018 As far as getting organized, packing pouches and travel wallets make last-minute trips easier than ever. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Home for the Holidays? Here Are the 25 Travel Essentials You Can’t Fly Without," 7 Nov. 2018 Sword & Plough: Cofounded in 2012 by Army veteran Emily Núñez Cavness, Sword & Plough sells totes, handbags, duffel bags, and wallets—all made in America out of military surplus material. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 Mure claimed four glassine bags of heroin were found in the woman’s wallet when police pulled her and O’Connell over and that marijuana was later found in her shoe at the station house. Fox News, "Congressman allegedly used position to get partner's son out of heroin bust," 2 Oct. 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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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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