from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An official in charge of funds, as at a college or university; a treasurer.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A student in a college who receives an allowance from a fund for his subsistence, called a burse or bursary.
  • noun The purser, treasurer, or bailiff of a college or other community.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A treasurer, or cash keeper; a purser.
  • noun A student to whom a stipend or bursary is paid for his complete or partial support.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The treasurer of a university, college or school.

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

  • noun the treasurer at a college or university


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

[Middle English burser, from Medieval Latin bursārius, from Late Latin bursa, purse; see bursa.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin bursārius, from bursa ("purse") (English purse).


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