Meaning of POCKET in English


I. ˈpä-kət noun

Etymology: Middle English poket, from Anglo-French poket, pochete, diminutive of poke, pouche bag — more at pouch

Date: 15th century


a. : a small bag carried by a person : purse

b. : a small bag that is sewed or inserted in a garment so that it is open at the top or side

coat pocket

2. : supply of money : means

3. : receptacle , container : as

a. : an opening at the corner or side of a billiard table

b. : a superficial pouch in some animals

4. : a small often isolated area or group

pocket s of unemployment

a. : a cavity containing a deposit (as of gold, water, or gas)

b. : air pocket

5. : a place for a batten made by sewing a strip on a sail


a. : blind alley

b. : the position of a contestant in a race hemmed in by others

c. : an area formed by blockers from which a football quarterback attempts to pass

7. : the concave area at the base of the finger sections of a baseball glove or mitt in which the ball is normally caught

• pock·et·ful -ˌfu̇l noun

- in one's pocket

- in pocket

- out of pocket

II. transitive verb

Date: 1589


a. : to put or enclose in or as if in one's pocket

pocket ed the change

b. : to appropriate to one's own use : steal

c. : to refuse assent to (a bill) by a pocket veto

2. : to put up with : accept

3. : to set aside : suppress

pocket ed his pride


a. : to hem in

b. : to drive (a ball) into a pocket of a pool table

5. : to cover or supply with pockets

• pock·et·able ˈpä-kə-tə-bəl adjective

III. adjective

Date: 1612


a. : small enough to be carried in the pocket

b. : small , miniature

a pocket park


a. : of or relating to money

b. : carried in or paid from one's own pocket

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.