- 1(also handbag, pocketbook) [countable] a small bag for money, keys, etc., carried especially by women
- 2 [countable] = change purse
- 3 [singular] the amount of money that is available to a person, an organization, or a government to spend We have vacations to suit every purse.
- 4 [countable] (sport) a sum of money given as a prize in a sports event such as a boxing match or horse race Idioms
to succeed in making something good out of material that does not seem very good at all
make a silk purse out of a sow's earjump to other results