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privy purse

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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 of privy purse

First recorded in 1655–65
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Historical Examples

  • He was his lordship's page, and rode a hunting and hawking with him, and kept his privy-purse.

    Brief Lives (Vol. 1 of 2)

    John Aubrey


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
  1. an official of the royal household responsible for dealing with the monarch's private expensesFull name: Keeper of the Privy Purse
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