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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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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Conscious consumerism may sound too good to be true, but your wallet is an untapped super power. Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 2019 Investigators are accusing the senior citizen of taking advantage of a toddler, no less, in stealing a woman's wallet. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "'Granny thief' on the loose in NC town. Cops seeking tips 'before she strikes again'," 29 June 2018 Harlan allegedly stole Minkler’s wallet and helped cover the body in plastic and drag it into a closet, according to the Las Vegas Sun. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "'Bro, I just caught a body.' Teens arrested in suspected Russian roulette shooting death," 14 June 2018 Someone entered a home through a garage bay door and stole a wallet from the kitchen. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Towson crime logs," 12 June 2018 Plus, it’s Rent Week, so my wallet is on the lighter side of the spectrum. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "Chicken Wing Dinner: A Rent Week Winner," 4 May 2018 But given the stock’s torpid performance, opening the wallet is a risk that Biogen needs to take. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Biogen Investors Are Losing Patience," 24 Apr. 2018 The wallet was in the car’s center console; the longboard was in the back seat. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Vehicle reported stolen in Elmwood Park, police say," 11 Apr. 2018 The story behind the story: Since the free transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 has long since expired, Microsoft’s job now is to convince its most reluctant users to open their wallets for either a new OS or an entirely new PC. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death," 12 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce wallet (audio) \

Kids Definition of wallet

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

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