Definition of burse in English:

burse

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Pronunciation: /bəːs
 
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noun

1A flat, square, fabric-covered case in which a folded corporal cloth is carried to and from an altar in church.
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  • In Roman form the burse is ordinarily made of two juxtaposed pieces of cardboard about twenty-five centimetres (or ten inches) square, bound together at three edges, leaving the fourth open to receive the corporal.
  • He or she may make use of a lavabo in preparation for the celebration, and the chalice and paten may be initially concealed by a burse and ornamental veil.
  • Upon these burses much ornamentation is lavished, and this has been the case since medieval times, as many existing examples survive to show.
2 (the Burse) historical The Royal Exchange in Cornhill, London. Compare with bourse.

Origin

late Middle English (in sense 'purse'): from French bourse or medieval Latin bursa (see bourse, bursa).

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