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 Cash, cellphone and wallet stolen by three unknown suspects. Kessler Road, 3200 block, 21227. Allana Haynes, baltimoresun.com, "Crime log for April 17-21 for Baltimore County’s Wilkens precinct," 26 Apr. 2021 This number is far from the wallet-blistering Apple-tax that upgraders used to pay for factory RAM. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, "Don’t Upgrade The RAM In Your New Apple iMac, Do This Instead," 21 Apr. 2021 Another wallet featuring a nifty feature is Wirex, which comes with a payment card that converts your bitcoin into the local currency when making a purchase. USA TODAY, "Is Dogecoin going up on 4/20? How do you buy bitcoin? Your cryptocurrency questions answered.," 20 Apr. 2021 Within a few weeks of the malware’s installation, the hackers had stolen about ten thousand eight hundred bitcoins from the exchange’s hot wallet. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Rise of North Korea’s Hacking Army," 19 Apr. 2021 Cox found the man's wallet and was able to identify him as Roger Harrington. ABC News, "Families torn apart by killer dad reflect on the years they believed he was a hero," 16 Apr. 2021 Your Ledger hardware wallet can easily be connected to a computer and managed through the Ledger Live companion app. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Save 15% on a Ledger Nano S so you have more to spend on bitcoin," 8 Apr. 2021 Steps may be visiting a community health center, a virtual therapist, a job fair or even something as simple as carrying a printable wallet card with stress reduction tips. Claudia Finkelstein, The Conversation, "Anxious about going out into the world? You’re not alone, but there’s help," 8 Apr. 2021 This previously meant that the wallet provider has to swap cryptocurrency for fiat to settle up with the card network. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Payments Companies Are Playing Hide-the-Crypto," 31 Mar. 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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The first known use of wallet was in the 14th century

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29 Apr 2021

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