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 After stepping out of the checkout line to use the restroom, he was repeatedly punched and kicked in the chest, robbed of his wallet and left lying in a pool of blood. Fox News, "Chicago grandfather, 80, robbed, beaten on grocery trip," 11 July 2020 Some of that largesse slips out of his wallet to feed hungry players, pretty much the norm for inner-city coaches. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Behind Colin Kaepernick’s life-changing visit to Oakland teens who took a knee," 11 July 2020 The family told Dateline that Gil had left his cell phone at home, along with his wallet. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Body of missing Connecticut school teacher Gil Cunha who thought he had coronavirus found in waters off Long Island," 8 July 2020 The better one, of course, is to vote with your wallet and cancel YouTube TV. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Cutting the cord: Sling TV is the cheapest, best bargain in TV streaming," 4 July 2020 Images were crisp and vivid, even in smaller wallet-size pics. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "Our favorite online photo printing service is having a massive sale," 13 July 2020 Galicia was detained at the Border Patrol checkpoint because agents there doubted the validity of his Texas ID and wallet-sized birth certificate. Obed Manuel, Dallas News, "Dallas-born teen held by Border Patrol, ICE a year ago still fighting to have citizenship recognized," 5 July 2020 Brewer demanded money and Knox's wallet, and after Knox refused, the two got into a fight. Gwendolyn Wu, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty Co. man arrested in botched attempt to rob sheriff's captain," 28 June 2020 For now, Karat wants to be the flashy card in every influencer’s wallet. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats," 25 June 2020

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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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“Wallet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallet. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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