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

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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 Ask to speak to the purser or chief flight attendant if there is disagreement. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Puppy paid for flight attendant’s error; how to avoid that situation | The Sacramento Bee," 4 Apr. 2018 And that's just fine, says Bayley, who started at Royal Caribbean 37 years ago as an assistant purser on the Nordic Prince — a ship one-twelfth the size of Symphony. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Is bigger better? Why giant cruise ships like Symphony of the Seas are hard to resist," 30 Mar. 2018 Every crew member dresses the same, except for the purser who wears a brown color. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "12 Shocking Secrets From a First Class Emirates Flight Attendant," 29 Jan. 2018 Valuable coins, jewelry and a purser’s safe are among the valuables the diver’s expect to find. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Explorers believe they've found the Pulaski, a luxury ship that sank off NC in 1838 | Charlotte Observer," 19 Jan. 2018 The poor purser stands his ground as the line of four-wheelers and humans tries to change course and move around him. Megan Bush Moody, Alaska Dispatch News, "Choreographed frenzy: What happens when the ferry arrives in our tiny town," 25 June 2017

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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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The first known use of purser was in the 15th century

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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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