[ bil-fohld ]
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  1. a thin, flat, folding case, often of leather, for carrying paper money in the pocket and with fewer compartments than a wallet.

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Origin of billfold

An Americanism dating back to 1890–95; bill1 + fold1
  • Also called, especially British, notecase.

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How to use billfold in a sentence

  • Did you learn anything during your investigation of the Ruby case about the billfold and the ignition case in the car?

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • He drew out his billfold and handed the nearest man his identification card.

  • I do hope you turn this billfold over to police and forget about suspicious characters.

    Saboteurs on the River | Mildred A. Wirt
  • “Guess I will,” Penny decided, replacing the card in the billfold and wrapping them both in her handkerchief.

    Saboteurs on the River | Mildred A. Wirt
  • Unable to talk to any of the detectives connected with the dynamiting case, she left the billfold with a desk sergeant.

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British Dictionary definitions for billfold


/ (ˈbɪlˌfəʊld) /

  1. US and Canadian a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etc: Also called (in Britain and other countries): wallet

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