purs·​er | \ ˈpər-sər How to pronounce purser (audio) \

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

Examples of purser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All the while, Darwin’s collections were annoying the ship’s purser who complained about the clutter. National Geographic, "Darwin's first—and only—trip around the world began a scientific revolution," 11 June 2020 Soon, purser Mike Queen's booming voice was instructing everyone to get back on the boat. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Onboard the ferry to the end of the world," 31 May 2016 Our dinner that night was festive: When someone asked for music, our purser, Mostafa Elbeary, returned with the entire crew. Michelle Green, New York Times, "A Nile Journey Guided by 19th-Century Women," 11 Nov. 2019 Onboard, riverboats go tastefully all in on decor, with a giant tree near the purser’s desk, a huge wreath, big bows, and garlands over stateroom doors. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five Great Holiday Cruises Worth Taking," 13 Nov. 2019 Joi Lam, a 36-year-old flight purser at Cathay Pacific for 12 years, said she was summoned to an urgent management meeting on Aug. 30. New York Times, "‘Big Brother’ in the Sky: Cathay Pacific Workers Feel China’s Pressure," 11 Sep. 2019 Members of the union include pursers (who load passengers and take tickets), seamen, cooks, housekeepers, engineers, and more. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "As strike continues, ferry service stoppage has a big impact on Southeast Alaska communities," 26 July 2019 The nautically-themed auction features more than 700 lots, including White’s cane and an unused purser’s receipt from the ship, which famously sank on its maiden voyage after hitting an iceberg in April 1912. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Titanic survivor’s light-up cane to be auctioned off," 17 July 2019 Eventually a purser moved Dowling to another seat, but in the same row. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "'Horny' passenger on United flight allegedly molested woman sitting next to him, lawsuit claims," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of purser

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for purser

Middle English, from purs purse

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“Purser.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purser. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of purser

: 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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