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  Dictionary Definition of purse

purse
noun
1. a small bag, pouch, or case for carrying money on the person.
2. Chiefly US. a handbag.
3. a purse with its contents.
4. money, resources, or wealth.
5. a sum of money collected as a present or the like.
6. a sum of money offered as a prize.
7. any baglike receptacle.
8. the scrotum, especially of an animal.
-- verb (t) ( pursed, pursing )
9. to contract into folds or wrinkles; pucker.
10. Rare. to put into a purse.
[ME and OE purs, b. pusa bag and burs, from LL bursa bag, from Greek brsa hide, leather]