- 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
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.
I may say, however, that the purser was not as silent as the captain.
How can I help you but by speaking to the captain or purser?
- an officer aboard a passenger ship, merchant ship, or aircraft who keeps the accounts and attends to the welfare of the passengers
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.