Pocketbook is another name for a purse or wallet, a place to keep money or other essentials. Pocketbook can also refer to the amount of money you have, even if it’s in your mattress.

In the UK, pocketbook is a pocket-sized notebook, but in the US it's usually a small bag typically carried by women. Figuratively, your pocketbook is your budget: "Those shoes are way too expensive for my pocketbook." In the early 1600s, a pocketbook was "a book small enough to fit in a pocket," and by 1722 it became "a booklike leather folder for papers." In the early 1800s, it came to mean "woman's handbag."

Definitions of pocketbook
  1. noun
    a pocket-size case for holding papers and paper money
    synonyms: billfold, notecase, wallet
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    type of:
    a portable container for carrying several objects
  2. noun
    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
    synonyms: bag, handbag, purse
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    clutch, clutch bag
    a woman's strapless purse that is carried in the hand
    small ornamental ladies' bag for small articles
    evening bag
    a handbag used with evening wear
    a woman's drawstring handbag; usually made of net or beading or brocade; used in 18th and 19th centuries
    shoulder bag
    a large handbag that can be carried by a strap looped over the shoulder
    type of:
    any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
  3. noun
    your personal financial means
    “that car is too expensive for my pocketbook
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    type of:
    means, substance
    considerable capital (wealth or income)
  4. noun
    pocket-sized paperback book
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