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

see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More