One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A pocket-sized flat folding case for holding money and plastic cards.
notecase, purse, pouch, pochetteView synonyms
- ‘When she went to pay for her chosen items, her handbag had been slit open and her wallet and money were gone.’
- ‘The crowd responded in kind, with people digging out money from pockets, purses, and wallets.’
- ‘I just think it's stupid to have so much money in the wallet when you're doing the town at night.’
- ‘I know there are the big fold out credit card wallets but I'm running out of pockets and I can't quite bring myself to carry a handbag.’
- ‘The new cards only have to be held near a special reader in order to function and cardholders don't have to remove the card from their wallets.’
- ‘I spent two hours sliding pieces of paper into plastic wallets and putting them in files.’
- ‘Finally, how do youth attitudes toward religion play our when it comes to their wallets and pocketbooks?’
- ‘Charlie's father had drilled it in to him to keep his pockets empty and his wallet light.’
- ‘Of course, while these cheques sit in our wallets and purses, they aren't earning us money, so we're losing out on interest.’
- ‘Mr Parks had left the money in a wallet inside the hooded Puma top, which was in a bag of old clothes he donated to the shop.’
- ‘The money duly came from the public's purses and wallets, as it has done ever since.’
- ‘He pulls out his Iqaluit Legion membership card from his wallet, and flips it over.’
- ‘With a sigh, he pulls an impressive-looking wallet from his pocket and shows a badge to our translator.’
- ‘The wallet contained very little money but he would have been disappointed to think that he had lost it.’
- ‘He only looked through her wallet after leaving the flat, having stolen it in the hope that it contained money.’
- ‘Cash-outs and lower payments will put additional money in shoppers' wallets.’
- ‘So I checked the back pocket for a wallet, took it out and found a driving licence.’
- ‘Not wanting to put our lives at risk, we handed over the money in our wallets.’
- ‘He stole a mobile phone from his top pocket and a wallet from a jacket.’
- ‘I've never understood why people carry their wallets in a back pocket instead of a front one.’
- 1.1archaic A bag for holding provisions, especially when travelling, typically used by pedlars and pilgrims.
Late Middle English (denoting a bag for provisions): probably via Anglo-Norman French from a Germanic word related to well. The current sense (originally US) dates from the mid 19th century.
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