[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. wallenstein, albrecht wenzel eusebius von,
  2. waller,
  3. waller, edmund,
  4. waller, fats,
  5. wallerian degeneration,
  6. walleye,
  7. walleye pollock,
  8. walleyed,
  9. walleyed pike,
  10. wallflower

Origin of wallet

1350–1400; Middle English walet < ?

Can be confusedbriefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet

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British Dictionary definitions for wallet


/ (ˈwɒlɪt) /


a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etc
a bag used to carry tools
archaic, mainly British a rucksack or knapsack

Word Origin for wallet

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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