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Definition of "purse" []

  • A woman's bag for carrying keys, a wallet, and other personal items; a handbag. (noun)
  • A small bag or pouch for carrying money. (noun)
  • Something that resembles a bag or pouch. (noun)
  • Available wealth or resources; money. (noun)
  • A sum of money collected as a present or offered as a prize. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "purse" in a sentence
  • "P.S. googling has revealed that Americans use the term purse for a woman's bag whereas the Brits refer to it as a bag."
  • "A Prada purse is as rare a sighting here as a pair of sensible shoes."
  • "From her id, social security card, and credit cards to her photos and other memorabilia the purse is a complete collection of information of a woman?"