privy purse
noun Date: 1667 an allowance for the private expenses of the British sovereign

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  • Privy purse — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • privy purse — n , Privy Purse the privy purse money given by the British government to the king or queen for their personal use …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • privy purse — n. an allowance from the public revenue for the personal expenses of the British sovereign …   English World dictionary

  • Privy Purse — In the past, the UK s Civil Government day to day costs were paid for by the sovereign under normal circumstances, the monies in this Public Purse being raised from the income of the Crown Estate lands and holdings. Under extraordinary… …   Wikipedia

  • privy purse — noun allowance for a monarch s personal expenses • Hypernyms: ↑allowance * * * noun the privy purse : the amount of money given to the British king or queen for personal expenses * * * the ˌprivy ˈpurse [privy purse] …   Useful english dictionary

  • Privy Purse — noun the privy purse money given by the British government to the king or queen for their personal use …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Privy purse — A part of the *king s wardrobe. Purchases of such things as household stores, and the disbursement of small sums or payment to *mercenaries, were made through the purse; it was also used for receipt of payments made while the king was on his… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • privy purse — priv′y purse n. brit. a sum from the public revenues allotted to the British sovereign for personal expenses • Etymology: 1655–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • privy purse — Brit. 1. a sum from the public revenues allotted to the sovereign for personal expenses. 2. a member of the royal household in charge of paying these expenses. [1655 65] * * * …   Universalium

  • Privy Purse — noun a) The amount of money the monarch may use for private or personal expenses b) A member of the office which deals with the monarchs finances …   Wiktionary

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