Origin of purser
Examples from the Web for purser
Historical Examples of purser
He then ordered the purser's steward to splice the main-brace.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The purser had come to the bridge, and now approached Cornish.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The purser said that the dragon's name was Mrs. Scrivener-Yapling, with a hyphen.
The purser's room was well forward on the Atlantic steamship.
I may say, however, that the purser was not as silent as the captain.
mid-15c., "treasurer," especially "caretaker of accounts and provisions on a ship," originally also "maker of purses" (late 15c.), agent noun from Middle English purse (see purse (n.)). From late 13c. as a surname.