Definition of pocketbook in English:


Syllabification: pock·et·book
Pronunciation: /ˈpäkətˌbo͝ok


  • 1US A woman’s handbag.
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    • I took my change purse out of my pocketbook and scowled.
    • They were similar pocketbooks or purses, but they had a belt on it that you could put around your waist with the fasteners similar to the ones on a bicycle helmet.
    • His hands were rifling through her pocketbook and wallet.
  • 1.1North American One’s financial resources: they provide packages for every taste and every pocketbook
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    • They were willing to vote with their pocketbooks to invest their money in the future of the community.
    • And high fuel prices are a threat to the economy and consumer pocketbooks nationwide.
    • Depending on their taste and pocketbooks, eighteenth-century Americans could use punch bowls made in a variety of materials other than ceramics and glass.
  • 2 (pocket book) North American A paperback or other small or cheap edition of a book.
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    • I put my books and pocket book into my small gym locker and kept my light spring jacket to watch the practice.
    • No one bothered to refer to the significantly expanded, easily accessible pocket book edition.
    • She disappeared into the hallway to the bedroom for a few seconds and when she returned she was holding a small black pocket book in one hand and the black baseball cap from the day before in the other.
  • 3British A notebook.
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    • What he had not anticipated when he chose the slightly inebriated, seriously overweight woman attempting to hail a cab, was how attached she would be to her pocketbook.
    • It is a pocketbook which fits the hand perfectly.
    • She had come for a pocketbook and a pocketbook only.

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