privy purse

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noun British.

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.

Nearby words

  1. privity,
  2. privy,
  3. privy chamber,
  4. privy coat,
  5. privy council,
  6. privy seal,
  7. prix,
  8. prix fixe,
  9. prix goncourt,
  10. prize

Origin of privy purse

First recorded in 1655–65

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Examples 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.



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
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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