What does PURSE mean?

Definitions for PURSE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bag, handbag, pocketbook, pursenoun

    a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women)

    "she reached into her bag and found a comb"

  2. pursenoun

    a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse

    "he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and his wife shared a common purse"

  3. pursenoun

    a small bag for carrying money

  4. purseverb

    a sum of money offered as a prize

    "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"

  5. purseverb

    contract one's lips into a rounded shape

  6. purse, wrinkleverb

    gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker

    "purse ones's lips"


  1. pursenoun

    A small bag for carrying money.

  2. pursenoun

    A handbag (small bag usually used by women for carrying various small personal items)

  3. pursenoun

    A quantity of money given for a particular purpose.

  4. purseverb

    To press (one's lips) in and together so that they protrude.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PURSEnoun

    A small bag in which money is contained.

    Etymology: bourse, Fr. pwrs, Welsh.

    She bears the purse too; she is a region in Guiana all gold and bounty. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Shall the son of England prove a thief,
    And take purses? William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    He sent certain of the chief prisoners, richly apparalled with their purses full of money, into the city. Richard Knolles.

    I will give him the thousand pieces, and, to his great surprise, present him with another purse of the same value. Add.

  2. To Purseverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    I am spell-caught by Philidel,
    And purs’d within a net. Dryden.

    I purs’d it up, but little reck’ning made,
    ’Till now that this extremity compell’d,
    I find it true. John Milton.

    Thou cried’st,
    And did’st contract and purse thy brow together,
    As if thou then had’st shut up in thy brain
    Some horrible conceit. William Shakespeare, Othello.


  1. purse

    A purse is a small bag or pouch, typically used by women, for carrying personal items such as money, cards, cosmetics, mobile phones and other small essentials. It is usually made of leather or fabric and can be carried by a handle, strap or clasped under the arm. Designs and sizes vary to suit different styles and needs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pursenoun

    a small bag or pouch, the opening of which is made to draw together closely, used to carry money in; by extension, any receptacle for money carried on the person; a wallet; a pocketbook; a portemonnaie

  2. Pursenoun

    hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse

  3. Pursenoun

    a sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse

  4. Pursenoun

    a specific sum of money

  5. Pursenoun

    in Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters

  6. Pursenoun

    in Persia, the sum of 50 tomans

  7. Purseverb

    to put into a purse

  8. Purseverb

    to draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit

  9. Purseverb

    to steal purses; to rob

  10. Etymology: [OE. purs, pors, OF. burse, borse, bourse, F. bourse, LL. bursa, fr. Gr. hide, skin, leather. Cf. Bourse, Bursch, Bursar, Buskin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Purse

    purs, n. a small bag for money, orig. made of skin: a sum of money, esp. a sum given as a present or offered as a prize: a treasury: a person's finances.—v.t. to put into a purse: to contract as the mouth of a purse: to draw into folds or wrinkles.—n. Purse′-bear′er, one who has charge of the purse of another: a treasurer.—adj. Purse′-bear′ing, pouched, marsupiate.—ns. Purse′ful, as much as a purse can hold: enough to fill a purse; Purse′-mouth (Tenn.), a pursed-up mouth; Purse′-net, a kind of net that can be closed like a purse; Purse′-pride.—adj. Purse′-proud, proud of one's purse or wealth: insolent from wealth.—ns. Purs′er, an officer who has charge of the provisions, clothing, and accounts of a ship, now termed a 'paymaster;' Purs′ership; Purse′-seine, a seine which can be pursed into the shape of a bag.—n.pl. Purse′-strings, the strings fastening a purse.—n. Purse′-tak′ing, robbing.—A light, or empty, purse, poverty; A long, or heavy, purse, riches; Privy purse, an allowance for the private expenses of the British sovereign: an officer in the royal household who pays the sovereign the grant of the civil list for his private expenses. [O. Fr. borse (Fr. bourse)—Low L. bursa—Gr. byrsa, a hide.]

Editors Contribution

  1. purse

    A type of product created and designed in various colors, materials, shapes, sizes and styles for a variety of purposes according to the design.

    To a lady a purse can mean many things, a container to hold money, cards and various other items according to the design.

    Submitted by MaryC on July 30, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PURSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Purse is ranked #54178 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Purse surname appeared 381 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Purse.

    65.6% or 250 total occurrences were White.
    27% or 103 total occurrences were Black.
    3.9% or 15 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

Anagrams for PURSE »

  1. rupes

  2. sprue

  3. super

  4. resup

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PURSE in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PURSE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of PURSE in a Sentence

  1. Ramesh Swamy:

    I think folks are willing to open up their purse a little bit more this year, it should be a pretty good day.

  2. Ashley Jones:

    As a Black woman in America, racism is absolutely inescapable. It shows up in all the little places and all the big places and all the places you don't expect. Sometimes it's in a textbook. Sometimes it's in a purse grabbed as I walk by, sometimes it's in a question about my hair, my skin, if anyone believes we have even come close to solving issues of racism and discrimination, they're mistaken. If I'm afraid to go for a run, go buy a snack, go to sleep in my own bed behind my own locked door, we aren't finished working yet.

  3. Valerie Jarrett:

    I think we have to turn it into a teaching moment, i'm fine. I'm worried about all the people out there who don't have a circle of friends and followers who come right to their defense. The person who is walking down the street minding their own business and they see somebody cling to their purse, or run across the street, or every black parent I know who has a boy who has to sit down and have a conversation -- the talk -- as we call it. As you say, those ordinary examples of racism that happen every single day.

  4. Tom Reed:

    This is about the power of the purse, and I think there needs to be a recognition that in our Constitution the power of the purse rests in Congress and us being able to influence where that money is spent, i think it is prudent and reasonable and just so long as we don't overreach and don't become extreme, I think there is a path there to come to a conclusion that everyone can agree to.

  5. Brian Moynihan:

    Congress has the purse strings. i would be careful about trying to restructure the US Constitution, i think we should leave it alone and make sure it operates correctly.

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