Meaning of “pocketbook” in the English Dictionary


"pocketbook" in English

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pocketbooknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɒk.ɪt.bʊk/ us /ˈpɑː.kɪt.bʊk/ US

a woman's handbag:

I need a new pocketbook to go with these shoes.
sb's pocketbook

the money that someone has, or someone's ability to pay for things:

These new tax laws will hit everyone's pocketbook.
Voters don't all realize how much the results could affect their pocketbooks.

(Definition of “pocketbook” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pocketbook" in American English

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pocketbooknoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɑk·ɪtˌbʊk/ also bag, handbag, purse

a bag, often with a handle or a strap going over the shoulder, used esp. by women for carrying money and small items such as keys:

I have a map in my pocketbook.

Someone’s pocketbook is that person's finances or ability to pay for something:

The sales tax hits consumers in the pocketbook.

(Definition of “pocketbook” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)