a thin, flat, folding case, often of leather, for carrying paper money in the pocket and with fewer compartments than a wallet.

Origin of billfold

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; bill1 + fold1
Also called, especially British, notecase. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for billfold

Historical Examples of billfold

  • 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

  • Now please take that billfold to the authorities and let them do the worrying.

    Saboteurs on the River

    Mildred A. Wirt

British Dictionary definitions for billfold



US and Canadian a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etcAlso called (in Britain and other countries): wallet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for billfold

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper