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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In many ways, the Apple Card is not so different from whatever else is already in your wallet. Wired, "The Apple Card Is Now Available, Just Probably Not for You," 6 Aug. 2019 After Fish was arrested, police found a small amount of cocaine in his wallet. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Driver, 20, ordered to stand trial for Oceanside crash that killed three," 6 Aug. 2019 Jeff Badet is carrying in his wallet a check written for $25,000 that is worthless. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Jeff Badet hasn’t been paid for 40 Yards of Gold, calls it ‘one big scam’," 23 July 2019 The wallet contained approximately $37 cash, keys, and various credit cards and identification cards. chicagotribune.com, "Arlington Heights woman facing child endangerment charges: Police," 16 July 2019 Unlike other products that are touted as celebrity favorites, tea tree oil won’t put a dent in your wallet. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Jada Pinkett Smith Keep Her Braids Fresh With This Affordable Scalp Treatment," 15 July 2019 The hot wallet involved in the hack contained five cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple, according to Bloomberg. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Bitpoint cryptocurrency exchange loses $32 million in hack," 12 July 2019 The wallet contained pictures of classmates she hadn't seen in years. Megan Marples And Katherine Dillinger, CNN, "Her missing wallet from the 1940s was found in a high school bathroom wall," 9 July 2019 Now imagine that the same wallet contained a few crisp banknotes. The Economist, "People are more honest than they think they are," 22 June 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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