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From Middle English walet (“bag, knapsack”), of uncertain origin. Possibly from an assumed Old Northern French *walet (“roll; bag; knapsack”), from Proto-Germanic *wal- (“to roll”). More at walk, well, wallow.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈwɒlɪt/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈwɑlət/, /ˈwɔlət/
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- Rhymes: -ɒlɪt
wallet (plural wallets)
- 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.
- (by extension, informal) 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.
- 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.
- (archaic) A bag or pouch.
- He brought with him a large wallet with some provisions for the road.
- (slang) A person's buttocks (the area of the body nearest where one keeps one's wallet).
- He fell down and landed on his wallet.
case for keeping money