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 purse (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for purse

Synonyms: Noun

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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 At the start, King said she was told to empty out her purse. NBC News, "A hidden army of 'very brave' nuns fight child trafficking," 4 Apr. 2021 If your pen cap fell off in your purse, don't worry. Lauren Smith Mcdonough, Good Housekeeping, "How to Easily Remove Pen Ink From Clothes," 29 Mar. 2021 When the woman left the bank and got into her car, Smith ran over to the vehicle and reached in over her, taking her purse, police say. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Akron police arrest suspect in purse-snatching from 89-year-old woman," 26 Mar. 2021 Who cares that DeLuca is in the back seat and there's a grenade in her purse? Lincee Ray, EW.com, "Grey's Anatomy recap: Teddy struggles with reality," 26 Mar. 2021 Watch how Walter primly undoes her purse and drags out the As of star and war. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "It’s an Appreciation of Jessica Walter as Lucille Bluth, What Could It Contain, 13 Best Moments?," 25 Mar. 2021 The three men began to flee in their vehicle, but the younger woman grabbed the vehicle in an effort to retrieve her purse, police said. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "Two Asian woman beaten and robbed in San Francisco," 23 Mar. 2021 Once the meeting concluded, a woman in the Hoosier delegation reached into her purse and pulled out three baseballs for Castro to autograph. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Before Indianapolis saved the NCAA tournament, the city rescued the 1987 Pan Am Games," 18 Mar. 2021 The memory ends with the image of my friend squatting, crapulous, and dumping her purse on the sidewalk. Justin Torres, Los Angeles Times, "The gold chain that got away," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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Last Updated

13 Apr 2021

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“Purse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purse. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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