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[wol-it, waw-lit] /ˈwɒl ɪt, ˈwɔ lɪt/
a flat, folding pocketbook, especially one large enough to hold paper money, credit cards, driver's license, etc., and sometimes having a compartment for coins.
Chiefly British. a bag for carrying food, clothing, toilet articles, etc., during a journey; knapsack or rucksack.
Origin of wallet
1350-1400; Middle English walet < ?
Can be confused Unabridged
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  • Into the breast pocket of his coat he dived and brought up a wallet.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "About fifty dollars, I think," said the travelling man, fumbling for his wallet.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • He was in rags, and carried the usual beggar's wallet for food or alms.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • He took a card from his wallet and laid the torn bit of pasteboard upon it.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • When the giants were out of sight, Sharvan took Pinkeen out of his wallet.

    Irish Fairy Tales Edmond Leamy
British Dictionary definitions for wallet


a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etc
a bag used to carry tools
(archaic, mainly Brit) a rucksack or knapsack
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare Old English weallian, Old High German wallōn to roam, German wallen to go on a pilgrimage
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Word Origin and History for wallet

late 14c., "bag, knapsack," of uncertain origin, probably from Old French, perhaps from Proto-Germanic *wal- "roll." Meaning "flat case for carrying paper money" is first recorded 1834, American English.

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