from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Money for incidental or minor expenses.

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  • n. A small sum of money given to a child, by a parent or guardian.
  • n. A small sum of cash, carried on the person, for small, daily expenses.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cash for day-to-day spending on incidental expenses


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  • "Young Stearns", the twelve-year-old son of George L. Stearns, one of the Secret Six, had given all his pocket money to John Brown two years earlier, to help the anti-slavery cause.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • Although I knew that in theory I was probably one of the wealthiest women in Sussex, in practice I accepted that I had less pocket money than the butcher’s daughter.

    A Monstrous Regiment of Women

  • The Marquise Philippine's son, sixteen years old, was ordered to join General Berthier's corps, and to provide him with L10 pocket money she sold what till then she had religiously kept, a silver holy water stoup, which belonged to her saintly ancestor, Francois de Sales.


  • We begged her to describe the witch-ball to us, for even Keith, who was not good at computations, knew that ten per cent. of ten pounds is one pound, and, as our weekly pocket money was sixpence, a pound seemed to us a sum of such fabulous proportions that we doubted whether our brother Jack, in whose house we had lived since the death of both our parents, could earn much more in a week.

    The Rising of the Moon


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