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[pok-it-boo k] /ˈpɒk ɪtˌbʊk/
a woman's purse or handbag.
a person's financial resources or means:
The price was out of reach of his pocketbook.
Also, pocket book. a book, usually paperback, that is small enough to carry in one's coat pocket.
  1. a notebook for carrying in one's pocket.
  2. a wallet or billfold.
Origin of pocketbook
First recorded in 1610-20; pocket + book
Can be confused
briefcase, handbag, pocketbook, purse, valise, wallet. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She had seen the little roll of bills in her mother's pocketbook.

    The Little Colonel Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Then he went deeper into his pocketbook and took out a small photograph.

    The Innocent Adventuress Mary Hastings Bradley
  • He delved for the pocketbook, opened it—and found no certificate therein.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He took out the pocketbook once more and from it extracted a two-dollar bill.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I don't remember how it came about or how the pocketbook and the pencil came into my hands.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for pocketbook


noun (US & Canadian)
a small bag or case for money, papers, etc, carried by a handle or in the pocket
(modifier) concerned with personal finance: pocketbook issues
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pocketbook

also pocket-book, 1610s, originally a small book meant to be carried in one's pocket, from pocket (n.) + book (n.). Meaning "a booklike leather folder for papers, bills, etc." is from 1722. Meaning "a woman's purse" is from 1816.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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