This European word dates way back to the 1600s, when it was used to describe a small bag used to carry coins.
The name comes from—you guessed it—a small book that used to be carried in one’s pocket, and also held bank notes and money.
While your grandmother might still use the term, younger women tend to call their bags “purses” or “handbags.”
You are more likely to hear the term pocketbook these days when it referes to an app or a handheld touchscreen computer. Seem confusing? Bone up on today’s computing terms.