purser

[pur-ser]
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noun
  1. an officer on a ship who handles financial accounts and various documents relating to the ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers.

Origin of purser

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at purse, -er1
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Related Words for purser

comptroller, cashier, bursar

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British Dictionary definitions for purser

purser

noun
  1. an officer aboard a passenger ship, merchant ship, or aircraft who keeps the accounts and attends to the welfare of the passengers
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Word Origin and History for purser
n.

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.

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