Definition of purser
1 : an official on a ship responsible for papers and accounts and on a passenger ship also for the comfort and welfare of passengers
2 : a steward on an airliner
Recent Examples of purser from the Web
The poor purser stands his ground as the line of four-wheelers and humans tries to change course and move around him.
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Origin and Etymology of purser
Middle English, from purs purse
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of purser for English Language Learners
: an officer on a ship whose job is to handle matters relating to money for the passengers and crew and to make sure passengers are comfortable and have what they need
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