- 1 a small piece of material like a small bag sewn into or onto a piece of clothing so that you can carry things in it a coat pocket I put the note in my pocket. Turn out your pockets (= empty your pockets). Take your hands out of your pockets! a pocket dictionary (= one that is small enough to fit in your pocket) See related entries: Parts of clothing small container
- 2 a small bag or container fastened to something so that you can put things in it, for example, in a car door or in a bag Information about safety procedures is in the pocket in front of you (= on a plane). money
- 3[usually singular] used to talk about the amount of money that you have to spend We have holidays to suit every pocket. He had no intention of paying for the meal out of his own pocket. The Foundation is reputed to have very deep pockets (= to have a lot of money). The libel case was a huge drain on her pocket. small group/area
- 4a small group or area that is different from its surroundings There are still a few isolated pockets of resistance to the new regime. a pocket of air Geologists have found a few remaining pockets of iron ore. see also air pocket in billiards, etc.
- 5any of the holes or nets around the edges of the table used in the games of billiards, pool or snooker, which you have to hit the ball into See related entries: Pool and snooker Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘bag, sack’, also used as a measure of quantity): from Anglo-Norman French poket(e), diminutive of poke