purser

noun
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 Tim Davey, who worked as a crew purser and hotel officer onboard the QE2 in the early 90s, echoes the importance of the ship's design. Madison Flager, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 Aug. 2021 Reno Chen was designated purser and Benny Hsu was to be the boatswain in charge of maintenance. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 23 Aug. 2021 Still, at least one member of Cornero’s inner circle tried, according to Grange, whose father served as the vessel’s purser. Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 All the while, Darwin’s collections were annoying the ship’s purser who complained about the clutter. National Geographic, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 21 May. 2022.

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