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American English: /ˈpɑkət/
British English: /ˈpɒkɪt/

Translation of pocket in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (in garment)
    bolsillo (masculine)
    (Mexico also) bolsa (feminine)
    back/top pocket
    bolsillo de atrás/superior
    bolsa de atrás/superior (Mexico)
    with her hands in her pockets to be in somebody's pocketthey're all in the mayor's pocket
    el alcalde los tiene a todos metidos en el bolsillo
    to have somebody in one's pocket
    tener a alguien (metido) en el bolsillo
    to have something in one's pocket
    tener algo asegurado
    to line one's own pockets
    forrarse [colloquial]
    to live/be in each other's pockets (British)
    estar uno encima del otro
    Example sentences
    • I turned around to see someone standing there with his hands in his pants pockets, smiling.
    • It has two zippered side-entry pockets and high-quality ribbing at the waist and cuffs.
    • Sadly this happened to us recently after my smart smart brother left a biro in his shirt pocket.
    1.2 (financial resources) prices to suit every pocket
    precios para todos los bolsillos
    to pay for something out of or from one's own pocket
    pagar algo de su propio bolsillo
    see alsoout-of-pocket
    Example sentences
    • Kind-hearted readers have dug deep into their own pockets to replace the money stolen from a collection tin destined for our Cancer Appeal.
    • A wide variety of hotels are available to suit all pockets.
    • Like any parent whose pockets are empty, I turned a deaf ear.
    1.3 (holder)
    (in car door) portamapas (masculine)
    (inside, outside bag) bolsillo (masculine)
    (on billiard, snooker, pool table) tronera (feminine)
    Example sentences
    • There are storage pockets in all four doors, which is always appreciated.
    • The process also allows for part integration, like storage bins, map pockets and cup holders built into door panels.
    • There are plenty more stowage points dotted around the car, including glove box, front door pockets, cup and bottle holders, and a special slide out shelf beneath the front seats.
    Example sentences
    • Wisely selecting the six ball for the side pocket, you carefully position the cue ball.
    • I leaned over the table, aiming to bounce the white ball off of a side to knock a blue ball into the corner pocket.
    • The pool hall was full of seedy characters as Sabrina sunk a red ball into the corner pocket, slamming two more in on rebound.
  • 2 (small area) a pocket of gas
    una bolsa de gas
    pockets of resistance/unemployment
    bolsas (feminine plural) de resistencia/desempleo
    focos (masculine plural) de resistencia/desempleo
    Example sentences
    • A month or so ago I called at Browns Nursery in Wigginton to buy a few primulas to give the garden pockets of bright colour.
    • The temperature plummeted; large slabs of permanent ice replaced occasional pockets of snow.
    • Then Bob took over, planting colorful flowers in poolside pockets and on the terraced hillside.
  • 3 (in US football)
    pocket (masculine) (área protegida detrás de la línea de golpeo)

transitive verb

  • 1 (put in pocket)
    meterse or guardarse en el bolsillo
    he pocketed the cards
    se metió or se guardó las cartas en el bolsillo
    Example sentences
    • He locked the doors, pocketed his keys, and walked to me.
    • As I pocketed the bill, still sensing their hostility, I readied my escape plan.
    • After a moment of hesitation, Joe shrugged and pocketed the money.
  • 2 (steal, gain) [colloquial]
    embolsarse [colloquial]
    she pocketed the change
    se quedó con el cambio
    se embolsó el cambio [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Some borrowed money was pocketed by corrupt officials.
    • ‘They pocketed the bribe money without ever delivering the quid pro quo,’ he said.
    • We have also had stories of lawyers pocketing money entrusted to them by clients and others allegedly being involved in corruption.
  • 3 (in snooker, pool)
    Example sentences
    • I accepted the challenge to simply pocket the object ball in the side, and stop the cueball dead.
    • After pocketing a red ball, the player may shoot at his choice of colored balls.
    • The main reason not to use sidespin is it increases the difficulty of pocketing the ball.


  • (before noun)
    de bolsillo
    Example sentences
    • A spokeswoman also said that in 100 years, the pocket dictionary had almost doubled in size, reflecting the expansion in the language.
    • And if you really want to get philosophical, bring a pocket dictionary.
    • A little French is indispensable, even if it's just from pocket dictionaries and phrase books.
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