Definition of pocketbook noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɒkɪtbʊk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːkɪtbʊk//
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  1. 1(North American English) used to refer to the financial situation of a person or country. (In the past it was a small flat case for carrying papers or money.) Many foreign goods are too expensive for American pocketbooks. The increase is likely to hit the pocketbooks of consumers. Voters care about pocketbook issues such as jobs and inflation. The government opened its pocketbook to the US military. Unemployment is the leading pocketbook issue for most voters.
  2. 2(especially British English) a small book for writing in synonym notebook
  3. 3(old-fashioned, North American English) = handbag
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pocketbook