purse

noun
\ ˈpərs How to pronounce purse (audio) \

Definition of purse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : a small bag for money
(2) : a receptacle (such as a pocketbook) for carrying money and often other small objects
b : a receptacle (such as a pouch) shaped like a purse
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

verb
pursed; pursing

Definition of purse (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to put into a purse
2 : pucker, knit pursed his brow

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Other Words from purse

Noun

purselike \ ˈpərs-​ˌlīk How to pronounce purselike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for purse

Synonyms: Noun

bag, handbag, pocketbook

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Examples of purse in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

She pursed her lips in concentration. His lips were tightly pursed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The commemorative coins included in this year's purses celebrated Queen Victoria's 200th birthday, as well as one of the U.K.'s most enduring fictional characters, Sherlock Holmes. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For a Joint Appearance with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Eugenie Rewears a Floral Erdem Dress," 18 Apr. 2019 Webster also owns a mini Louis Vuitton Speedy bag and a tiny red Chanel purse. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Shares a Video of One-Year-Old Stormi Carrying a Mini Hermès Bag with Travis Scott," 1 Apr. 2019 The carry-on bags are also getting larger and larger, whereas in the past, someone may have only brought a purse on board and checked a maybe-too-large suitcase. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why airlines make you check your carry-on bags," 20 Dec. 2018 Someone entered a car parked in the 100 block of Erie Court and stole a purse between 6:55 a.m. and 7:35 p.m. July 7. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Oak Park resident robbed while walking on Austin Boulevard," 14 July 2018 Detectives are searching for distraction thieves who stole the purse of a woman visiting from England, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Distraction thieves shown on video stealing from English visitor in Dania Beach hotel," 12 July 2018 Kissimmee police are searching for two men accused of pushing a female victim to the ground, kicking her and stealing her purse on June 29 . Annie Martin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Kissimmee police searching for men accused of robbing a woman," 5 July 2018 The burglar also shattered the rear window of a car in the 14000 block of Edison Drive to steal a purse containing a wallet and an iPhone. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Southland police blotter," 5 June 2018 Grand theft, Van Aken Boulevard: At 5 p.m. April 27, a woman visiting the Shaker Heights Library, 16500 Van Aken Blvd., reported that a female suspect stole her purse, which included the keys to her 2010 Honda CRV. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Girl, 14, arrested for auto theft: Shaker Heights police blotter," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of purse

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purse

Noun

Middle English purs, from Old English, modification of Medieval Latin bursa, from Late Latin, ox hide, from Greek byrsa

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The first known use of purse was before the 12th century

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purse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of purse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US : 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)

purse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of purse (Entry 2 of 2)

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

purse

noun
\ ˈpərs How to pronounce purse (audio) \

Kids Definition of purse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a bag or pouch for money
2 : handbag
3 : the amount of money that a person, organization, or government has available for use
4 : a sum of money offered as a prize or collected as a present

purse

verb
pursed; pursing

Kids Definition of purse (Entry 2 of 2)

: to form into a tight circle or line He … pursed his lips, and blew out a little air.— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

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