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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And while getting things for cheap is always fun (for you and for your wallet), Prime Day is also a great time to splurge on luxury items that are still price—but are deeply discounted. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 splurge-worthy Prime Day deals that are actually worth the money," 15 July 2019 All her belongings, including her passport, wallet and phone, were still in her room, but her running shoes were not. CBS News, "American scientist murdered in Crete suffered a slow death, forensic pathologists say," 12 July 2019 Among other reports filed in the sheriff’s Ramona station: Sunday, July 7 Male, 39, lost property, 100 block Ramona Street. Saturday, July 6 A wallet and identification card were found, 1400 block Main Street. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: June 27 to July 7," 10 July 2019 Companies, including Facebook, could set up wallets and other apps, allowing Libra to operate a global financial network outside of the usual framework of central banks like the Fed. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "The Fed Chair Says Facebook's Libra Raises 'Serious Concerns'," 10 July 2019 While searching the vehicle, police found a leather jacket that contained a phone and wallet with Sloan’s ID, the police statement said. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "A second person has died from injuries suffered in Denver car crash after Garth Brooks concert," 9 July 2019 Buffon has always made choices with his heart and never for his wallet. SI.com, "Gianluigi Buffon's Agent Reveals Legendary Goalkeeper Had 'Many Offers' From Premier League Clubs," 4 July 2019 The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which is located in the Old Post Office building and opened during the 2016 campaign, has been good for her father's wallet as well. NBC News, "Ivanka Trump made almost $4 million from Trump Washington hotel last year," 14 June 2019 The best ones have a slot for a water bottle, and maybe another for your wallet. Vogue, "Shouldn’t Your Gym Bag Be as Stylish as You Are?," 22 Apr. 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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