1. definition

A Wallet in the context of cryptocurrencies is a tool that securely stores the private and public keys required to interact with a blockchain network. It allows users to send, receive, and manage their cryptocurrency holdings.


"Alice uses a Bitcoin wallet to manage her Bitcoin holdings. She can use it to send Bitcoin to others, receive Bitcoin from others, and check her balance."

2. operation

Cryptocurrencies themselves exist on the blockchain, not in the wallet. The wallet only stores the keys needed to access and manage these assets on the blockchain.


"When Bob sends Bitcoin to Alice, he is not sending coins to her wallet. Instead, he is creating a transaction on the Bitcoin blockchain that assigns ownership of some Bitcoin to the public key associated with Alice's wallet."

3. types

Wallets can take many forms, including software wallets (like mobile apps or desktop programs), hardware wallets (physical devices that securely store keys), and web wallets (accessible through a web browser). Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the choice depends on the user's needs and circumstances.


"Hardware wallets, like the Trezor or Ledger, are considered very secure and are a good choice for storing large amounts of cryptocurrency. Software wallets, like those on a smartphone, offer convenience and are often used for smaller amounts and everyday transactions."

* All terms and definitions may update as the Cryptionary improves.