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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.
  2. wallet(def 1).
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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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Related Words for billfold

pocketbook, pocket, wallet, bag, handbag, pouch, purse, poke, hide, leather, clutch, frame, sack, receptacle, bursa, carryall, lizard, moneybag, billfold, reticule

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


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

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