noun \ˈpərs\

: a usually leather or cloth bag used by women for carrying money and personal things

: an amount of money that a person, organization, or government has available to use

: an amount of money that is offered as a prize in a competition (such as a horse race, a golf tournament, or a boxing match)

Full Definition of PURSE

a (1) :  a small bag for money (2) :  a receptacle (as a pocketbook) for carrying money and often other small objects
b :  a receptacle (as a pouch) shaped like a purse
a :  resources, funds
b :  a sum of money offered as a prize or present; also :  the total amount of money offered in prizes for a given event
purse·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of PURSE

  1. a golf tournament with a million dollar purse
  2. <I left my purse at home, so I can't buy anything after all.>

Origin of PURSE

Middle English purs, from Old English, modification of Medieval Latin bursa, from Late Latin, ox hide, from Greek byrsa
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with PURSE



: to form (your lips) into a tight circle or line


Full Definition of PURSE

transitive verb
:  to put into a purse
:  pucker, knit <pursed his brow>

Examples of PURSE

  1. She pursed her lips in concentration.
  2. His lips were tightly pursed.

First Known Use of PURSE

14th century
May 29, 2015
bodacious Hear it
unmistakable, remarkable, or voluptuous
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