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The officer in charge of money matters on board a ship or commercial aircraft.

[Middle English, from purse, purse; see purse.]
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(Nautical Terms) an officer aboard a passenger ship, merchant ship, or aircraft who keeps the accounts and attends to the welfare of the passengers
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(ˈpɜr sər)

an officer who is in charge of the accounts and documents of a ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.purser - an officer aboard a ship who keeps accounts and attends to the passengers' welfare
ship's officer, officer - a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel; "he is the officer in charge of the ship's engines"
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ضابِط مُحاسَبَه السَّفينَه
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[ˈpɜːsəʳ] N (Naut) → comisario/a m/f
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[ˈpɜːrr] n (NAUTICAL, NAVAL)commissaire mf de bordpurse snatcher n (US)voleur/euse m/f à la tirepurse strings npl
to hold the purse strings → tenir les cordons de la bourse
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nZahlmeister(in) m(f)
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[ˈpɜːsəʳ] n (Naut) → commissario di bordo
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(pəːs) noun
1. a small bag for carrying money. I looked in my purse for some change.
2. (American) a handbag.
to close (the lips) tightly. She pursed her lips in anger.
ˈpurser noun
the officer in charge of a ship's money, supplies etc.
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References in classic literature ?
"The purser will fetch your husband, madame," said the man.
"Most assuredly your husband will know, but the purser will not; nor will the newspaper men who shall in some mysterious way hear of it on our landing.
He made his way into the purser's room, and carefully closed the door behind him.
What with the military men, a number of rich young Englishmen on their travels, and the hospitable efforts of the purser, the time passed quickly on the Mongolia.
The purser of the Oahu told me last journey that he hadn't met a nicer girl in the islands.
The purser was accused of stealing an overcoat from stateroom No.
Captain Swosser used to say of me that I was always better than land a-head and a breeze a-starn to the midshipmen's mess when the purser's junk had become as tough as the fore-topsel weather earings.
"I know he deposited a pocketbook with the purser, and I happened to be standing by when he received it back.
Here I had the mortification to see the ship set sail without me; however, my nephew left me two servants, or rather one companion and one servant; the first was clerk to the purser, whom he engaged to go with me, and the other was his own servant.
It began by a few schoolmasters serving their passage out to South America as the pursers of tramp steamers.
Often, leaning upon the column in the verandah, he had watched the English ships with English schoolmasters for pursers steaming into the bay.
LPA Urban, a division of Lat Purser & Associates that focuses on development, brokerage and leasing in urban infill markets, has acquired a former electronics repair store at the intersection of The Plaza and Duncan Avenue in Villa Heights and plans to redevelop the property into 20,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and creative office space.