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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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 contained credit cards and cash, police said. Phil Rockrohr, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Zurich police: Woman faces aggravated DUI charge following Fourth of July traffic stop," 13 July 2018 That’s when the two allegedly stole $300 from the dead teen’s wallet, according to court documents. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Two Teens Are Being Charged With Murder After a Las Vegas Party Gone Wrong," 12 July 2018 Charles, as the note from Luck addresses, received a signed football along with a note from Luck for returning the wallet. Andrew Hussey, Indianapolis Star, "Stranger returns Andrew Luck's lost wallet — intact," 6 July 2018 And the wine list includes such respectable, easy-on-the-wallet bottles as a Joel Gott 815 Cabernet. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "Stanford Kitchen a welcome addition to Owings Mills dining scene," 5 July 2018 The humble debit card is eclipsing other pieces of plastic as a status symbol in the wallets of younger consumers. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The Latest Must-Have for Millennials? Fancy Debit Cards," 1 July 2018 An escalating trade dispute between the United States and top trading partners has one of Georgia’s largest industries caught in the crossfire, as tariffs recently implemented by China threaten to hit the wallets of farmers in the Peach State. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Georgia farmers face uncertainty as crop tariffs loom," 25 June 2018 Also this week: word of tasty Vietnamese cooking in Queen Village, a solid Mexican cantina in Montco, and an easy-on-the-wallet lunch spot with locations in Center City and Malvern. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "Let's Eat: Life, Libertine and the pursuit of happiness," 20 June 2018 And now, with little left in the Gunners' wallet, a free transfer is very much on the cards. SI.com, "Free Agent Gelson Martins Hands Huge Boost to Arsenal With Emirates Preference This Summer," 15 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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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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