[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for pocketbook


/ (ˈpɒkɪtˌbʊk) /

noun US and Canadian

a small bag or case for money, papers, etc, carried by a handle or in the pocket
(modifier) concerned with personal financepocketbook issues
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