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[bil-fohld] /ˈbɪlˌfoʊld/
a thin, flat, folding case, often of leather, for carrying paper money in the pocket and with fewer compartments than a wallet.
wallet (def 1).
Also called, especially British, notecase.
Origin of billfold
An Americanism dating back to 1890-95; bill1 + fold1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for billfold
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  • His billfold was opened and dropped with an exclamation of disappointment.

    Loot of the Void Edwin K. Sloat
  • Here Landy searched a bill out of his billfold and handed it to Hulls.

    David Lannarck, Midget George S. Harney
  • “Not at all,” said Candron, taking a billfold from his inside coat pocket.

    What The Left Hand Was Doing Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He took out his billfold and extracted the check, handing it to Mr. Browne.

    Ye of Little Faith Roger Phillips Graham
  • Penny showed her the billfold and explained where she had found it.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • Now please take that billfold to the authorities and let them do the worrying.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • We picked up the billfold along the river and it undoubtedly was his.

    Saboteurs on the River Mildred A. Wirt
  • And the contents of the billfold supposedly were before you?

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • “This is the only address Jerry gave me,” Mr. Corbin said, taking a card from his billfold.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate Mildred A. Wirt
  • Mr. Hatfield, who had kept the missing half of the tag, removed it from his billfold and gave it to Mr. Silverton.

    Dan Carter Cub Scout Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for billfold


(US & Canadian) a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etc Also called (in Britain and other countries) wallet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for billfold

1879, from bill (n.1) + fold, here perhaps short for folder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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