A flat pocket-sized folding case, usually made of leather, for holding paper money, cards, or photographs; a billfold.
[Middle English walet
, possibly from Old North French *walet
, roll, knapsack
; see wel-
in Indo-European roots
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1. a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etc
2. (Tools) a bag used to carry tools
3. archaic chiefly Brit a rucksack or knapsack
[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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wal•let (ˈwɒl ɪt, ˈwɔ lɪt)
1. a flat, folding case with compartments for paper money and other items, as credit cards, driver's license, and sometimes coins, carried in a pocket or handbag.
2. Brit. a bag for carrying articles during a journey.
[1350–1400; Middle English walet]
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A wallet is a small, flat case made of leather or plastic, in which someone, especially a man, keeps banknotes and other small things such as credit cards.
In American English, a man's wallet is sometimes called a billfold, and a woman's wallet is sometimes called a pocketbook. A small bag for carrying money is called a change purse or a coin purse.
In British English, a woman's wallet is usually called a purse.
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