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[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.
Origin of wallet
1350-1400; Middle English walet < ?
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wallet
  • Vote with your wallet or purse by spending your money in an eco-friendly way.
  • It helps to keep a stash of small bills in your wallet for cab drivers, hotel porters and bar staff.
  • That's a personal question, of course, one that's directly linked to your wallet.
  • It is a card sleeve that you slide your card into, and it's small so it fits in a wallet.
  • Flip up the saddle, and it has a handy-dandy storage compartment for a wallet and keys.
  • Print a wallet-size card for easy reference, then simply commit a few good fish to memory.
  • It were almost as good to take the staff and wallet, and beg from door to door.
  • On his back he bore a large wallet, in which he carried his books and tracts.
  • Spin a good story so our kids think they are fighting and dying for freedom, rather than some fat billionaires wallet.
  • My dearest friend had asked me to write a suicide prevention number and put it into my wallet.
British Dictionary definitions for wallet


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