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Definition of Purse

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

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown. The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.
Friedrich Schiller

Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.
George Washington

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

A car for every purse and purpose.
Alfred P. Sloan

No people is wholly civilized where a distinction is drawn between stealing an office and stealing a purse.
Theodore Roosevelt
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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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