wal·​let ˈwä-lət How to pronounce wallet (audio)
: a bag for carrying miscellaneous articles while traveling
: a folding pocketbook with compartments for personal papers and usually unfolded paper money
also : billfold
: a container that resembles a money wallet: such as
: a usually flexible folding case fitted for carrying specific items (such as tools or fishing flies)
: resources, funds
a shopping mall that seems to swallow your walletKaren Wright

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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Word History


Middle English walet

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


wal·​let ˈwäl-ət How to pronounce wallet (audio)
: a bag or sack for carrying things on a journey
: a small flat folding pocketbook with compartments (as for coins, paper money, and cards)
also : billfold

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