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Borrowed from Middle French bourse, from Old French borse, from Latin bursa, from Ancient Greek βύρσα (búrsa). Doublet of purse, compare French bourse (“purse, fund”).
burse (plural burses)
- (now chiefly historical) A purse.
- 1980, Gene Wolfe, chapter 9, in The Shadow of the Torturer:
- Roche stepped forward with a leather burse, announcing that he would pay for both of us.
- 2021 January 22, The Guardian:
- Try a burse instead – sort of a bag, sort of a purse, inspired by the cases that hold the corporal cloth used in mass, and designed to be carried by men.
- A fund or foundation for the maintenance of the needy scholars in their studies.
- (ecclesiastical) An ornamental case to hold the corporal when not in use.
- (obsolete) A stock exchange; a bourse.
- (obsolete) A kind of bazaar.
- “burse”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
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