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Definition of Purse


  1. 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. Hence, a treasury; finances; as, the public purse.
  3. A sum of money offered as a prize, or collected as a present; as, to win the purse; to make up a purse.
  4. A specific sum of money
  5. In Turkey, the sum of 500 piasters.
  6. In Persia, the sum of 50 tomans.
  7. To put into a purse.
  8. To draw up or contract into folds or wrinkles, like the mouth of a purse; to pucker; to knit.
  9. To steal purses; to rob.

Purse Quotations

There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street to-day, and another to-morrow, and so on, day after day: He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it.
P. T. Barnum

Flattery and deceit are the darlings of great men, and so with these men spread the butter on thick, if you want to get something out of them, otherwise you'll come home to me with a full belly and an empty purse.
Pietro Aretino

On recovering my senses, I hastened to quit a place where I hoped there was nothing further to detain me. I first filled my pockets with gold, then fastened the strings of the purse round my neck, and concealed it in my bosom.
Adelbert von Chamisso

We are Jesus Christ's; we belong to him. But even more, we are increasingly him. He moves in and commandeers our hands and feet, requisitions our minds and tongues. We sense his rearranging: debris into the divine, pig's ear into silk purse. He repurposes bad decisions and squalid choices. Little by little, a new image emerges.
Max Lucado

I'm sickened by all religions. Religion has divided people. I don't think there's any difference between the pope wearing a large hat and parading around with a smoking purse and an African painting his face white and praying to a rock.
Howard Stern
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Purse Translations

purse in Dutch is beurs, portemonnaie, geldbuidel
purse in French is sacoche
purse in German is Geldbeutel
purse in Italian is borsa
purse in Latin is pera, sacculus, follis
purse in Portuguese is bolsa
purse in Spanish is colecta, monedero, portamonedas, bolsillo
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