privy purse


Definition of privy purse

: an allowance for the private expenses of the British sovereign

Examples of privy purse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That wealth used to belong to the Crown—the institution, not the ruler—but Vajiralongkorn took control of the privy purse in 2018. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "As Thailand’s economy shrinks, protesters question the $40 billion value of the King," 31 Oct. 2020 And up until 1971, the former royal families were paid a privy purse -- compensation from the central government for their loss of status. Esha Mitra And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "An Indian royal was shot dead by police in broad daylight. Now, 35 years later, his killers have been jailed," 7 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of privy purse

1565, in the meaning defined above

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13 Nov 2020

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“Privy purse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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