purse

noun
\ ˈpərs \

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 \ 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

Cut up a white paper towel and just carry the strips in your purse or pocket. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Here is why you look like a vampire.," 18 Dec. 2018 Perfect for keeping small bags around and individual ones in a purse or pockets. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Breath Mints to Carry Around With You All Day," 7 Dec. 2018 The latest experiment is the KY-O1L, a phone that would likely fit in one of the credit card slots in your wallet or purse. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "This business card-sized Japanese phone bucks the giant-phone trend," 19 Oct. 2018 There will be a security check at the door, so the job fair manager asks that large purses or briefcases be left at home to help the entrance line move faster. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "More than 3,000 jobs available at job fair Wednesday in Sunrise," 19 Mar. 2018 Behind her followed an assistant, carrying two of the Queen's bags—one red leather purse, topped with a bouquet of matching flowers, and a vintage briefcase. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Travels to Sandringham for Christmas in Stylish Winter Outfit," 20 Dec. 2018 Her accessories were equally stunning, including a sash and badges, a bold diamond necklace, a metallic gold purse, and matching shoes. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth II Looks More Regal Than Ever at the Annual Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 The Manchester Road Race in Connecticut, which is one of the most competitive trots and attracts world-class athletes because of a decent prize money purse, was founded 1927. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Thanksgiving is now the most popular race day in America.," 20 Nov. 2018 The top hat, wheelbarrow, and Scottie dog are now tiny replicas of Sophia's purse, Stan's toupee, and Rose's teddy bear. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Stop Everything: 'Golden Girls' Monopoly and Clue Are 40% Off on Amazon," 16 July 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)

: 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 \

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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