purse

1 of 2

noun

1
a(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
2
b
: a sum of money offered as a prize or present
also : the total amount of money offered in prizes for a given event
purselike adjective

purse

2 of 2

verb

pursed; pursing

transitive verb

1
: to put into a purse
2
: pucker, knit
pursed his brow

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Maureen told Robert the man then took her purse and fled. CBS News, 12 Nov. 2022 Sandy is beaming, oblivious to both his man-purse and to the fine print on the package. Shanti L. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 His wife hit him over the head with her purse, very hard! Gabe Ulla, WSJ, 8 Nov. 2022 Janelle Monáe in head-to-toe Thom Browne including her puppy purse. Brittany Talarico, Peoplemag, 7 Nov. 2022 For one week, attendees watched, cheered, and imbibed as hopefuls thwacked it out for the title and its $100,000 purse. Caira Conner, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2022 The man, who allegedly came in through the sliding door and jumped on top of her, looked through her valuables and guided her downstairs to get her purse to rob her. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 1 Nov. 2022 This ultra-packable umbrella will not only fit in her stocking but also will tuck nicely into her purse. Aemilia Madden, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Oct. 2022 There was an armed robbery in the 300 block of Ridge Avenue on Oct. 17 in which the suspect chased the victim, cut her arm and took her purse. Brian L. Cox, Chicago Tribune, 21 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English purs, from Old English, modification of Medieval Latin bursa, from Late Latin, ox hide, from Greek byrsa

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near purse

Cite this Entry

“Purse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purse. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

purse 1 of 2

noun

1
: a small container (as a wallet) for money
especially : a woman's pocketbook
2
: a source of supply or support
3
: a sum of money offered as a prize or present

purse

2 of 2

verb

pursed; pursing
1
: to put into a purse
2
: pucker entry 1
pursed lips

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