American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman's bag for carrying keys, a wallet, and other personal items; a handbag.
- n. A small bag or pouch for carrying money.
- n. Something that resembles a bag or pouch.
- n. Available wealth or resources; money.
- n. A sum of money collected as a present or offered as a prize.
- v. To gather or contract (the lips or brow) into wrinkles or folds; pucker.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bag or pouch; specifically, a small bag or case in which money is contained or carried.
- n. Figuratively, money; means; resources.
- n. A treasury; finances: as, to exhaust a nation's purse, or the public purse.
- n. A purseful of money; a sum of money offered as a prize or collected as a present: as, to win the purse in a horse-race; to make up a purse as a present.
- n. A specific sum of money. In Turkey large accounts are often set down in purses of 500 Medjidie piasters, equivalent to 4 pounds 10 shillings of English money, or about $22.
- n. In zoology and anatomy, some kind of a pouch, bursa, marsupium, or ovicapsule.
- n. An officer of the British royal household charged with the payment of the sovereign's private expenses. His official title is keeper of the privy purse.
- To put in a purse.
- To contract into folds or wrinkles; knit; pucker: frequently with up.
- To take purses; rob.
- n. A small bag for carrying money.
- n. US A handbag (small bag usually used by women for carrying various small personal items)
- n. A quantity of money given for a particular purpose.
- v. transitive To press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude.
- v. intransitive, obsolete, rare To steal purses; to rob.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry money in; by extension, any receptacle for money carried on the person; a wallet; a pocketbook; a portemonnaie.
- n. Hence, a treasury; finances.
- n. A sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present
- n. A specific sum of money.
- n. In Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters.
- n. In Persia, the sum of 50 tomans.
- v. To put into a purse.
- v. To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit.
- v. Obs. & R. To steal purses; to rob.
- n. a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse
- v. contract one's lips into a rounded shape
- n. a sum of money offered as a prize
- n. a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)
- n. a small bag for carrying money
- v. gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker.
- From Middle English, from Old English purs ("purse"), partly from Old English pusa ("wallet, bag, scrip"), and partly from Old English burse ("pouch, bag"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin bursa; see bursa. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“From her id, social security card, and credit cards to her photos and other memorabilia the purse is a complete collection of information of a woman?”
“Weirdest thing in my purse is a kool-aid packet a friend gave me the other day.”
“A Prada purse is as rare a sighting here as a pair of sensible shoes.”
“To a little kid a purse is a magical thing that amazingly holds stuff.”
“In my purse is the neatly folded contract for a six-month stay.”
“I will see, my heart, when my purse is a little less empty, what I can do for those good and saintly Fathers of the sacred Valley [La Trappe].”
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“When the theft of a purse from a stroller results in an infant's death, two teenagers are in trouble, and yet are unaware of the enormity of their crime, They try and commit another, with unforseen results.”
“Borel, whose horses earned $4,844,522 in purse money last year, said immediately after the Derby that he would choose Rachel Alexandra over Mine That Bird if a conflict arose.”
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