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n., v. pursed, purs•ing. n.
In British English, a purse is a small container that a woman carries money in.
In American English, this is called a change purse, coin purse, pocketbook, or wallet.
The word wallet is also used in British English, but only to refer to a container that a man carries money in.
In American English, a purse is a woman's handbag.
Past participle: pursed
|Noun||1.||purse - a container used for carrying money and small personal items or accessories (especially by women); "she reached into her bag and found a comb"|
clasp - a fastener (as a buckle or hook) that is used to hold two things together
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)
etui - small ornamental ladies' bag for small articles
evening bag - a handbag used with evening wear
reticule - a woman's drawstring handbag; usually made of net or beading or brocade; used in 18th and 19th centuries
shoulder bag - a large handbag that can be carried by a strap looped over the shoulder
|2.||purse - a sum of money spoken of as the contents of a money purse; "he made the contribution out of his own purse"; "he and his wife shared a common purse"|
|3.||purse - a small bag for carrying money|
bag - a flexible container with a single opening; "he stuffed his laundry into a large bag"
purse string - a drawstring used to close the mouth of a purse
|4.||purse - a sum of money offered as a prize; "the purse barely covered the winner's expenses"|
|Verb||1.||purse - contract one's lips into a rounded shape|
|2.||purse - gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; "purse ones's lips"|
contract - make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment"
a well-lined purse → una bolsa llena
it is beyond my purse → mis recursos no llegan a tanto, está fuera de mi alcance
to hold the purse strings → administrar el dinero
see also public A1
see also silk C