Etymology
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purser (n.)

mid-15c., "treasurer, official charged with the keeping of accounts and the distribution of money," especially "caretaker of accounts and provisions on a ship," originally also "maker of purses" (mid-14c.; late 13c. as a surname), agent noun from Middle English purse (see purse (n.)).

updated on February 11, 2021

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Definitions of purser from WordNet

purser (n.)
an officer aboard a ship who keeps accounts and attends to the passengers' welfare;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.