Etymology
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pocketbook (n.)

also pocket-book, 1610s, originally a small book meant to be carried in one's pocket, from pocket (n.) + book (n.). Meaning "a flexible booklike leather folder for papers, bills, etc." is from 1722. Meaning "a woman's purse" is from 1816.

updated on July 23, 2020

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Definitions of pocketbook from WordNet

pocketbook (n.)
your personal financial means;
that car is too expensive for my pocketbook
pocketbook (n.)
a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money;
Synonyms: wallet / billfold / notecase
pocketbook (n.)
pocket-sized paperback book;
Synonyms: pocket book / pocket edition
pocketbook (n.)
a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women);
Synonyms: bag / handbag / purse
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.