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

  • n. A purse.
  • n. Ecclesiastical A flat cloth case for carrying the corporal that is used in celebrating the Eucharist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A purse.
  • n. A fund or foundation for the maintenance of the needy scholars in their studies.
  • n. An ornamental case to hold the corporal when not in use.
  • n. A stock exchange; a bourse.
  • n. A kind of bazaar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A purse; also, a vesicle; a pod; a hull.
  • n. A fund or foundation for the maintenance of needy scholars in their studies; also, the sum given to the beneficiaries.
  • n. An ornamental case of hold the corporal when not in use.
  • n. An exchange, for merchants and bankers, in the cities of continental Europe. Same as Bourse.
  • n. A kind of bazaar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bag; a pouch; a purse.
  • n. Anything resembling a purse; a vesicle; a pod.
  • n. A bourse; an exchange: as, “merchants' burses,”
  • n. A bursary. See bursary
  • n. The burse, the Royal Exchange in London, built by Sir Thomas Gresham in 1566, or the New Exchange, called Britain's Burse, and afterward Exeter 'Change, built in 1609 by the Earl of Salisbury on the site of the present Exeter Hall in the Strand. There were shops over the exchange, where female finery was sold. Hence the allusion in the quotation.

Etymologies

Late Latin bursa; see bursa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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