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 Now, tickets can be accessed through Live Nation’s App, or by adding tickets to your cell phone’s mobile wallet through Live Nation’s website. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, 27 July 2021 Depending on your perspective and wallet, the workout systems are pricey, but these brands like to compare their prices to gym memberships. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, 23 July 2021 In 2012, Paytm got approval from India's central bank to launch the mobile wallet that now forms the core of its business. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 16 July 2021 To the Editor: Last Saturday, July 4th, while pumping gas at the Colchester Stop and Shop, my husband’s wallet was left on the top of the gas pump area. courant.com, 14 July 2021 Police said someone stole a cellphone and wallet from a car parked in the 10200 block of 80th Court on June 24. Daily Southtown Staff, chicagotribune.com, 6 July 2021 For many users, especially those with a smaller home or wallet, the combination could be near irresistible. David Bloom, Forbes, 4 July 2021 There’s a special section with 99 deals under $99 like this Snap wallet with tie-dye print for $58.80. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 2 July 2021 Just five crypto companies are currently registered with the FCA, including Gemini and Ziglu Limited, a British digital wallet company. Washington Post, 28 June 2021

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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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“Wallet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallet. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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