noun Etymology: short for earlier billfolder Date: 1895 a folding pocketbook for paper money ; wallet

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  • billfold — ill fold (b[i^]l f[=o]ld ), A small, thin, flat container, usually made of leather or imitation leather, having a pocket of a size just large enough to hold paper currency and folded over once to fit in the pocket of one s clothing; it is a type …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • billfold — (n.) 1879, from BILL (Cf. bill) (n.1) + fold, here perhaps short for FOLDER (Cf. folder) …   Etymology dictionary

  • billfold — ☆ billfold [bil′fōld΄ ] n. a flat, folding case, usually of leather, for carrying paper money, cards, etc. in the pocket; wallet …   English World dictionary

  • billfold — UK [ˈbɪlˌfəʊld] / US [ˈbɪlˌfoʊld] noun [countable] Word forms billfold : singular billfold plural billfolds American a wallet …   English dictionary

  • billfold — noun A small, folding sleeve or case designed to hold paper currency, as well as credit cards, pictures, etc. Bill had so many pictures of his family stuffed into his billfold that it barely fit into his pocket. Syn: pocketbook, wallet …   Wiktionary

  • billfold — [[t]bɪ̱lfoʊld[/t]] billfolds N COUNT A billfold is a small flat folded case, usually made of leather or plastic, where you can keep banknotes and credit cards. [AM] (in BRIT, use wallet) …   English dictionary

  • billfold — /bil fohld /, n. 1. a thin, flat, folding case, often of leather, for carrying paper money in the pocket and with fewer compartments than a wallet. 2. wallet (def. 1). Also called, esp. Brit., notecase. [1890 95, Amer.; BILL1 + FOLD1] * * * …   Universalium

  • billfold — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. wallet. See store. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. card case, wallet, pocketbook, purse; see wallet …   English dictionary for students

  • billfold — bill|fold [ˈbılfəuld US fould] n AmE a small flat leather case, used for carrying paper money, ↑credit cards etc in your pocket = ↑wallet …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • billfold — bill|fold [ bıl,fould ] noun count AMERICAN a WALLET …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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