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[pur-ser] /ˈpɜr sər/
an officer on a ship who handles financial accounts and various documents relating to the ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers.
Origin of purser
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see purse, -er1 Unabridged
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  • After that the purser made her welcome aboard announcement.
  • The purser appeared within a few minutes of the seatbelt sign being turned off.
British Dictionary definitions for purser


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 and History for purser

mid-15c., "treasurer," especially "caretaker of accounts and provisions on a ship," originally also "maker of purses" (late 15c.), agent noun from Middle English purse (see purse (n.)). From late 13c. as a surname.

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