n. A bag or pouch; specifically, a small bag or case in which money is contained or carried.n. Figuratively, money; means; resources.n. A treasury; finances: as, to exhaust a nation's purse, or the public purse.n. A purseful of money; a sum of money offered as a prize or collected as a present: as, to win the purse in a horse-race; to make up a purse as a present.n. A specific sum of money.n. In zoology and anatomy, some kind of a pouch, bursa, marsupium, or ovicapsule.n. An officer of the British royal household charged with the payment of the sovereign's private expenses. His official title is keeper of the privy purse.To put in a purse.To contract into folds or wrinkles; knit; pucker: frequently with up.To take purses; rob.