from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A close or enclosure; the compass of a manor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A close or inclosure; the compass of a manor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A close or inclosure; also, the whole compass of a manor.


Old French pourpris, from pourprendre to take away entirely; pour for + prendre to take. (Wiktionary)


  • The place of justice is an hallowed place; and therefore not only the bench, but the foot – place; and precincts and purprise thereof, ought to be preserved without scandal and corruption.

    The Essays


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