Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “purse”

purse

noun uk   /pɜːs/ us    /pɝːs/

purse noun (CONTAINER)

A2 [C] UK a small container for money, usually used by a woman: a leather purse
Compare
[C] US for handbag

purse noun (AMOUNT TO SPEND)

[C usually singular] the total amount of money that an organization or government has available for spending: Having a lot of people out of work places a large drain on the public purse.

purse noun (PRIZE)

[C] an amount of money that is offered as a prize in a sports competition: The players in the golf tournament are competing for a purse of £525,000.

purse

verb [T] uk   /pɜːs/ us    /pɝːs/
to bring your lips tightly together so that they form a rounded shape, usually as an expression of disapproval: "I don't approve of that kind of language," she said, pursing her lips.
(Definition of purse from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of purse?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Containers for carrying personal possessions, but you might be interested in these topics from the Containers and vessels topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “purse” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

for starters

used to say that something is the first in a list of things

Word of the Day

Countability – grammar codes

by Dom Glennon​​,
November 26, 2014
Advices and informations Have you ever noticed strange codes in square brackets on entries in Cambridge Dictionaries Online and wondered what they mean? These are grammar codes, giving you a brief summary of how that word behaves grammatically. More information can be obtained by hovering your cursor over the code, and there’s

Read More 

ped-text verb

November 24, 2014
to text someone while walking I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

Read More