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A purse is a small bag that may refer to:

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

PURSE (Late Lat. bursa, adapted from Gr. i i p ra, hide, skin; possibly O. Eng. pusa, bag, has influenced the change from b to p), a small bag for holding money, originally a leather pouch tied at the mouth, but now of various shapes. The great seal of England is borne by the purse-bearer in a purse, usually styled "burse," decorated with the arms of the kingdom, the "burse" being thus one of the insignia of office of the lord chancellor of England. The "privy purse" is the amount of public money set apart in the civil list for the private and personal use of the sovereign (see Privy Purse).


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Etymology

Middle English purse from Old English purs

Old English purs is a conflation of burse (from Mediaeval Latin bursa)) and pusa (wallet, bag, scrip) (from Proto-Germanic *pusan (bag, sack, scrip)). Akin to Old High German pfosa (pouch, purse), Old Norse posi (purse, bag). Cf also Old French borse (French: bourse), Old Saxon bursa, Old High German burissa (wallet).

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Noun

Singular
purse

Plural
purses

purse (plural purses)

  1. A small bag for carrying money.
  2. (US) A small bag used by women for carrying various small personal items.
  3. A quantity of money given for a particular purpose.

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Verb

Infinitive
to purse

Third person singular
purses

Simple past
pursed

Past participle
pursed

Present participle
pursing

to purse (third-person singular simple present purses, present participle pursing, simple past and past participle pursed)

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

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Bible wiki

Up to date as of January 23, 2010

From BibleWiki

  1. Gr. balantion, a bag (Lk 10:4; 22:35, 36).
  2. Gr. zone, properly a girdle (Mt 10:9; Mk 6:8), a money-belt. As to our Lord's sending forth his disciples without money in their purses, the remark has been made that in this "there was no departure from the simple manners of the country. At this day the farmer sets out on excursions quite as extensive without a para in his purse; and a modern Moslem prophet of Tarshisha thus sends forth his apostles over this identical region. No traveller in the East would hestitate to throw himself on the hospitality of any village." Thomson's Land and the Book. (See SCRIP.)
This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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