a sum from the public revenues allotted to the sovereign for personal expenses.
a member of the royal household in charge of paying these expenses.
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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?
Origin of privy purse
First recorded in 1655–65
Words nearby privy purse
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Example sentences from the Web for privy purse
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
noun (often capitals)
- (in Britain) an allowance voted by Parliament for the private expenses of the monarch: part of the civil list
- (in other countries) a similar sum of money for the monarch
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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