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


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