Meaning of “pocket” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun [ C ] us uk /ˈpɒkɪt/

A2 a small bag that is sewn or fixed onto or into a piece of clothing, a bag, the back of a seat, etc:

a coat/shirt/trouser pocket
He was asked to empty his pockets.
Safety instructions are in the pocket on the seat in front of you.

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a small area or small amount of something that is different from what is around it:

There was real poverty in some pockets of the country.
small pockets of air trapped inside the glass

the amount of money that you have for spending:

I shouldn't have to pay for travel out of my own pocket (= with my own money).
be out of pocket

to have less money than you should have because you have paid for something:

The travel company cancelled our trip and we were left hundreds of pounds out of pocket.

(Definition of “pocket noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)