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[pur-ser] /ˈpɜr sər/

an officer on a ship who handles financial accounts and various documents relating to the ship and who keeps money and valuables for passengers.
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.


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