Wallet meaning

wŏl'ĭt
A flat pocket-sized folding case, usually made of leather, for holding paper money, cards, or photographs; a billfold.
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A knapsack.
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A flat pocketbook, as of leather, with compartments for paper money, cards, etc.; billfold.
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A small case, often flat and often made of leather, for keeping money (especially paper money), credit cards, etc.

The thief stole all the money and credit cards out of the old man's wallet.

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(by extension, slang) A person's bank account or assets.

It's unknown if the pro running back's recent sex scandal will hit him in the wallet or not.

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A thick case or folder with plastic sleeves in which compact discs may be stored.

I won an auction online for a cheap CD wallet.

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(archaic) A bag or pouch.

He brought with him a large wallet with some provisions for the road.

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Origin of wallet

  • Middle English walet knapsack possibly from Old North French walet roll, knapsack wel-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English walet (“wallet, bag, knapsack"). Of uncertain origin. Possibly from an assumed Old Northern French *walet "bag, knapsack", from Proto-Germanic *wal- (“to roll"). More at walk, well, wallow.
    From Wiktionary