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 One of the suspects allegedly grabbed the man’s wallet, removed about $250 in cash from it, and threw it to the ground before running away with the other two individuals toward Milwaukee Avenue. Jennifer Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 8 Jan. 2022 Inside the backpack were the woman’s wallet, two credit cards, Social Security card, medication, cell phone, and more. cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 No one was seriously hurt, though Snyder’s wallet might be, after the lawsuits settle. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 6 Jan. 2022 But the challenge for many will be loading that wallet in the first place; the cryptocurrency is listed for sale on only a few smaller cryptocurrency exchanges—such as BitFinex and FTX—none of which yet offer it to US consumers. Andy Greenberg, Wired, 6 Jan. 2022 At gunpoint, the couple handed over a Rolex, a Chanel wallet and a Louis Vuitton purse, according to the probation report. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Successful applicants will also be able to mint up to three CryptoBatz per digital wallet, while public minting will open in early February. Nick Reilly, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2021 But as Messenger correctly points out, there is still a long way to go before justice is not dependent on the size of one’s wallet. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 The Bitcoins are being held in the San Diego FBI’s Bitcoin wallet for safekeeping with the intention of returning the money to Sony. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Dec. 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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11 Jan 2022

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“Wallet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wallet. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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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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