Definition of privy purse in English:

privy purse

Syllabification: priv·y purse

noun

  • (In the UK) an allowance from the public revenue for the monarch’s private expenses.
    More example sentences
    • Breaking pledges given at the time of independence, the government abolished all royal titles and privileges in 1971 and stopped payment of special pensions, called privy purses.
    • Sarah was made mistress of the robes, groom of the stole and keeper of the privy purse, which put her in control of the royal household.
    • Although he feels the princes were betrayed by the government when the privy purses were abolished, he has a positive way of looking at it.

More definitions of privy purse

Definition of privy purse in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day maelstrom
Pronunciation: ˈmeɪlstrəm
noun
a powerful whirlpool in the sea