purse

noun
\ ˈpərs How to pronounce purse (audio) \

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 How to pronounce purselike (audio) \ 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

Total purse for the fall meeting will be $6 million. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Del Mar gets encouraging news with 2020 racing schedule," 22 Aug. 2019 For more than half a century, the federal purse has been a transformative driver of equal workplace opportunity in this country. Tim Fitzsimons, NBC News, "With proposed rule, Trump administration would allow more businesses to discriminate," 14 Aug. 2019 Under New York state law, a condom in a trans woman’s purse is sufficient evidence for arrest on prostitution charges. Katelyn Burns, Vox, "The LGBTQ civil rights fight is far from over," 17 July 2019 The purse is a perfect example of how trademark, which protects brand names and logos, and copyright, which protects designs, create value. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Every invention you use has one thing in common," 18 June 2019 Women’s soccer has come a long way, but this year’s $4 million winner’s purse is a laughable 5 percent of the prize awarded to the French men’s team for their 2018 victory. Rachel Brown, National Geographic, "In France for the Women’s World Cup? Here’s what to do.," 12 June 2019 The purse for the Belmont Stakes is $1.5 million, with $800,000 going to the winner. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al.com, "Rewinding the Belmont Stakes 2019: Sir Winston wins," 8 June 2019 Why the Tiny Purse Is Actually the Perfect Festival Style Staple 14 Slides A ridiculously tiny purse certainly is the stuff of fashion fantasy—not really grounded in everyday realities, to say the least. Vogue, "Why the Tiny Purse Is Actually the Perfect Festival Style Staple," 5 Apr. 2019 This marks a significant increase in the prize money: from 2005 to 2018, the purse was only $2 million. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "23 Kentucky Derby Facts That Will Surprise You," 26 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce purse (audio) \

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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