bill-fold

billfold

[bil-fohld]
noun
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 ).
Also called, especially British, notecase.


Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; bill1 + fold1

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billfold (ˈbɪlˌfəʊld)
 
n
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and other countries): wallet a small folding case, usually of leather, for holding paper money, documents, etc

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billfold
1895, from bill (1) + fold, here perhaps short for folder.
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