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

As this Twitter user demonstrated, the Stix's magnetic packaging kept all of the most important products in her purse together. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Prisiclla Ono Shared How to Use Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix to Create an Entire Look," 5 Dec. 2018 Place in a resealable plastic bag and toss it in your purse. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "The Healthiest Way to Eat Popcorn, According to a Nutritionist," 27 Nov. 2018 These wallet-friendly charcoal wipes come in a larger size to pack in your checked bag or a smaller one to throw in your purse. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel-Size Beauty Products to Pack in Your Carry-On," 10 July 2018 While highly impractical, these tiny purses are dainty and cute for special occasions. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "5 Handbag Trends to Keep Your Eyes on in 2019," 22 Jan. 2019 Lab testers loved that the Seal holder is purse-size and spreads easily. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 All Night All Day Travel Duo is the perfect purse companion to ensure a full day of flawless makeup. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 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

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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 \

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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