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privy purse

noun, British.
a sum from the public revenues allotted to the sovereign for personal expenses.
a member of the royal household in charge of paying these expenses.
Origin of privy purse
1655-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He was his lordship's page, and rode a hunting and hawking with him, and kept his privy-purse.

British Dictionary definitions for privy-purse

privy purse

noun (often capitals)
  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
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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