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 purse (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for purse

Synonyms: Noun

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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 The case involved a man who robbed a 90-year-old woman of her purse after following her into a parking structure. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2021 The surfaces are also convenient drop zones while fishing keys from a purse or pocket. Katie Leporte, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 May 2021 Nearly two hours after the attack, investigators believe the same two teens robbed a 19-year-old Hispanic victim of her purse in the 500 block of Bancroft Avenue at 5:45 p.m. Saturday. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 13 May 2021 Washington Post tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler tested the tags, which can be attached to a keychain, iPhone or other device, or simply placed in an individual's purse or wallet. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 11 May 2021 The lip gloss is also easy to secure and carry in a purse or carry-on. Robin Raven, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 Baker woke to find the contents of her purse emptied out and the child not breathing, according to the police report. Courtney King And Brittany Harry, The Enquirer, 19 Mar. 2021 During a search of her purse, police found marijuana, rolling papers and a straw with cocaine residue. John Benson, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2020 Buy two travel styles (purse, sunglasses) and receive an extra 15% off. oregonlive, 28 May 2021

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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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Time Traveler for purse

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The first known use of purse was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

12 Jun 2021

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“Purse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purse. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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