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privy purse

noun, British
1.
a sum from the public revenues allotted to the sovereign for personal expenses.
2.
a member of the royal household in charge of paying these expenses.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65
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British Dictionary definitions for privy purse

privy purse

noun (often capitals)
1.
  1. (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list
  2. (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch
2.
an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expenses Full name Keeper of the Privy Purse
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