A pocket is a kind of pouch that's sewn into your clothes. If you are worried about your ink pen leaking in your shirt pocket, then you might spring for a pocket protector. Nice look!

You can keep things like your keys in a pocket, or you can use your pockets to keep your hands warm. Jackets and jeans have pockets, and so do kangaroos and pool tables. In the case of kangaroos, it's a handy pouch in a mother's belly where she can keep a baby kangaroo warm and comfortable. And when you shoot pool, you aim for the pockets. As a verb, pocket can literally mean "put into your pocket," or more figuratively, "steal money." To be "in someone's pocket" is to be under their control or influence.

Primary Meanings of pocket

a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles
put in one's pocket
an enclosed space
(bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left
a small isolated group of people
Full Definitions of pocket

n a small pouch inside a garment for carrying small articles

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breast pocket
a pocket inside of a man's coat
hip pocket
a pocket in rear of trousers
patch pocket
a flat pocket sewn to the outside of a garment
slash pocket
a pocket in a garment (usually below the waist) to which access is provided by a vertical or diagonal slit in the outside of the garment
vest pocket
a small pocket in a man's vest
fob, watch pocket
a vest pocket to hold a pocket watch
Type of:
a small or medium size container for holding or carrying things

n (anatomy) saclike structure in any of various animals (as a marsupial or gopher or pelican)

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gastric mill, gizzard, ventriculus
thick-walled muscular pouch below the crop in many birds and reptiles for grinding food
utricle, utriculus
a small pouch into which the semicircular canals open
atrial auricle, auricle, auricula atrii
a small conical pouch projecting from the upper anterior part of each atrium of the heart
auricula, auricular appendage, auricular appendix
a pouch projecting from the top front of each atrium of the heart
cheek pouch
a membranous pouch inside the mouth of many rodents (as a gopher)
an external abdominal pouch in most marsupials where newborn offspring are suckled
the external pouch that contains the testes
Type of:
a structure resembling a bag in an animal

n a supply of money

“they dipped into the taxpayers' pockets
Type of:
cash in hand, finances, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource
assets in the form of money

v put in one's pocket

“He pocketed the change”
Type of:
take into one's possession

v take unlawfully

Type of:
take without the owner's consent

n an enclosed space

“the trapped miners found a pocket of air”
pouch, sac, sack
Type of:
cavity, enclosed space
space that is surrounded by something

n a hollow concave shape made by removing something

Type of:
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
a shape that curves or bends inward

n a local region of low pressure or descending air that causes a plane to lose height suddenly

air hole, air pocket
Type of:
atmospheric phenomenon
a physical phenomenon associated with the atmosphere

n (bowling) the space between the headpin and the pins behind it on the right or left

“the ball hit the pocket and gave him a perfect strike”
Type of:
an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)

n an opening at the corner or on the side of a billiard table into which billiard balls are struck

corner pocket
a pocket at the corner of a billiard table
side pocket
a pocket on the side of a billiard table
Type of:
gap, opening
an open or empty space in or between things

n a small isolated group of people

“they were concentrated in pockets inside the city”
“the battle was won except for cleaning up pockets of resistance”
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(plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively

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