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[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
1610-20; pocket + book
Can be confused
briefcase, handbag, pocketbook, purse, valise, wallet. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for pocketbook
  • In the event that you suffer loss of your pocketbook or briefcase, these key items will remain in your possession.
  • Vote with your pocketbook and let others know what has happened to this once great magazine.
  • Your needs and your pocketbook should determine your hardware choices.
  • But there's always the pocketbook route to changing behavior.
  • But the speaker said the state must both raise revenues while cutting spending in order to get its pocketbook in order.
  • It is his pocketbook, not his wisdom, that you will find useful.
  • Try not to carry your cell phone, house or car keys in your pocketbook or briefcase.
  • What is good for the environment can be good for the pocketbook as well.
British Dictionary definitions for pocketbook


noun (US & Canadian)
a small bag or case for money, papers, etc, carried by a handle or in the pocket
(modifier) concerned with personal finance: pocketbook issues
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pocketbook

also pocket-book, 1610s, originally a small book meant to be carried in one's pocket, from pocket (n.) + book (n.). Meaning "a booklike leather folder for papers, bills, etc." is from 1722. Meaning "a woman's purse" is from 1816.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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