wallet

[wol-it, waw-lit]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. Chiefly British. a bag for carrying food, clothing, toilet articles, etc., during a journey; knapsack or rucksack.

Origin of wallet

1350–1400; Middle English walet < ?
Can be confusedbriefcase handbag pocketbook purse valise wallet
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Related Words for wallet

folder, purse, pocketbook, billfold

Examples from the Web for wallet

Contemporary Examples of wallet

Historical Examples of wallet

  • Into the breast pocket of his coat he dived and brought up a wallet.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • "About fifty dollars, I think," said the travelling man, fumbling for his wallet.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He was in rags, and carried the usual beggar's wallet for food or alms.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • He took a card from his wallet and laid the torn bit of pasteboard upon it.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • When the giants were out of sight, Sharvan took Pinkeen out of his wallet.

    Irish Fairy Tales

    Edmond Leamy


British Dictionary definitions for wallet

wallet

noun
  1. a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etc
  2. a bag used to carry tools
  3. 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
n.

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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