an officer on a ship who handles financial accounts and various documents relating to the ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers.

1400–50; late Middle English; see purse, -er1

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purser (ˈpɜːsə)
an officer aboard a passenger ship, merchant ship, or aircraft who keeps the accounts and attends to the welfare of the passengers

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "treasurer," originally also "maker of purses" (late 15c.), from M.E. purse (see purse).
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Example sentences
After that the purser made her welcome aboard announcement.
The purser appeared within a few minutes of the seatbelt sign being turned off.
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