- a pouch or case for some special purpose.
- (in Scotland)
- a fund to provide allowances for students.
- an allowance so provided.
- Ecclesiastical. a case or receptacle for a corporal.
Origin of burse
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French < Late Latin bursa purse; see bursa
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Examples from the Web for burse
The color of the chalice veil and the burse follows that of the season.
The terms were afterwards often used indifferently, and Pisaro, just before, calls the Exchange the Burse.
The "burse" is a square, stiff pocket of silk over cardboard, in which the Altar-linen is carried to and from the Altar.
Mass had been said not long since, and the chalice covered with the veil and burse was still on the altar.Antony Gray,--Gardener
When not in use both corporal and pall are carried in a square silken pocket called the burse.
- mainly RC Church a flat case used at Mass as a container for the corporal
- a fund providing allowances for students
- the allowance provided
C19: from Medieval Latin bursa purse
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