[ burs ]

  1. a pouch or case for some special purpose.

  2. (in Scotland)

    • a fund to provide allowances for students.

    • an allowance so provided.

  1. Ecclesiastical. a case or receptacle for a corporal.

Origin of burse

1250–1300; Middle English <Anglo-French <Late Latin bursa purse; see bursa

Words Nearby burse

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How to use burse in a sentence

  • The terms were afterwards often used indifferently, and Pisaro, just before, calls the Exchange the burse.

  • In burse-road and Pendarmes-road the shrubs and trees were broken down, and lay overhanging and obstructing the footpaths.

  • Her own room reflected the rising worship of Morris and burse-Jones, of which, indeed, she had been an adept from the beginning.

    The Marriage of William Ashe | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Mass had been said not long since, and the chalice covered with the veil and burse was still on the altar.

    Antony Gray,--Gardener | Leslie Moore
  • The "burse" is a square, stiff pocket of silk over cardboard, in which the Altar-linen is carried to and from the Altar.

    The Worship of the Church | Jacob A. Regester

British Dictionary definitions for burse


/ (bɜːs) /

  1. mainly RC Church a flat case used at Mass as a container for the corporal

  2. Scot

    • a fund providing allowances for students

    • the allowance provided

Origin of burse

C19: from Medieval Latin bursa purse

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