Definition of Pocketbook

1. Noun. Your personal financial means. "That car is too expensive for my pocketbook"

Generic synonyms: Means, Substance

2. Noun. A pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money.
Exact synonyms: Billfold, Notecase, Wallet
Generic synonyms: Case

3. Noun. Pocket-sized paperback book.

4. Noun. A container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women). "She reached into her bag and found a comb"
Exact synonyms: Bag, Handbag, Purse
Terms within: Clasp
Specialized synonyms: Clutch, Clutch Bag, Etui, Evening Bag, Reticule, Shoulder Bag
Generic synonyms: Container
Derivative terms: Bag

Definition of Pocketbook

1. n. A small book or case for carrying papers, money, etc., in the pocket; also, a notebook for the pocket.

Definition of Pocketbook

1. Noun. (American English) A woman's purse. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) One's personal budget or economic capacity - the amount one can afford. ¹

3. Noun. (rare) A small book, especially one that can fit in a pocket; a paperback; also a pocket book. ¹

4. Noun. (British) A notebook that is small enough to fit in a pocket. ¹

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Definition of Pocketbook

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pocketbook

pocket pistol
pocket pistols
pocket protector
pocket protectors
pocket rat
pocket rockets
pocket square
pocket trumpet
pocket trumpets
pocket veto
pocket vetos
pocket watch
pocket watches
pocketbook (current term)
pocketed bat
pocketed calculus
pocketed freetail bat

Literary usage of Pocketbook

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1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"The defendant then pleaded the general issue, and that plaintiff was negligent in placing the pocketbook in the hammock instead of under his pillow, ..."

2. Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. by John Gibson Lockhart (1848)
"... from his pocketbook—Letters from Blair-Adam — Castle-Campbell—Sir Samuel Shepherd— " Bailie Mackay," fyc.—Coronation of George IV. ..."

3. The State Records of North Carolina by North Carolina, Walter Clark, William Laurence Saunders, Stephen Beauregard Weeks (1907)
"tion money, is lost or mislaid, he having the misfortune to lose his pocketbook, in which was about £10 pounds, proclamation money. and several other papers ..."

4. Anecdotes and Examples Illustrating the Catholic Catechism by Francis Spirago (1904)
"He had proceeded a considerable distance when he discovered, to his alarm, that he had lost his pocketbook, full of bank-notes. Immediately he turned back ..."

5. New Cosmopolis: A Book of Images. Intimate New York. Certain European Cities by James Huneker (1915)
"... VII BRAIN AND SOUL AND pocketbook THERE is no escaping the spirit of pragmatism which circulates about Columbia University. It is in the air, ..."

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