Definition of Privy Purse

1. Noun. Allowance for a monarch's personal expenses.

Generic synonyms: Allowance

Definition of Privy Purse

1. Noun. (British) The amount of money the monarch may use for private or personal expenses ¹

2. Noun. (British) A member of the office which deals with the monarch's finances. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Privy Purse

privilege against self incrimination
privilege of the floor
privy council
privy councils
privy purse
privy seal
prix fixe
prize money
prize ring
prize winner

Literary usage of Privy Purse

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1892)
"... and on the return of the court to England he was appointed private secretary tothe king and keeper of the privy purse .shire, and obtained through the ..."

2. Diary and correspondence of samuel pepys f.r.s.. by Samuel Pepys (1854)
"May, the Privy-purse ... which makes them mad, and they do talk of 6 or 800000/. gone into the Privy-purse this war, when in King James's time it arose but ..."

3. The Americana: A Universal Reference Library, Comprising the Arts and ...edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines edited by Frederick Converse Beach, George Edwin Rines (1912)
"Privy-purse, Keeper of the, an officer of the royal household of Great Britain, in charge of the payment of the private expenses, including charities, ..."

4. Miscellaneous and Posthumous Works by Henry Thomas Buckle (1872)
"(Privy Purse Expenses of Henry VIII. by Nicolas, 8vo, 1827, p. ... 62, three hundred and twenty-nine volumes" (Nicolas, Privy Purse Expenses of Henry VIII. ..."

5. The Annual Register, Or, A View of the History, Politics, and Literature for by Edmund Burke, Benjamin Franklin Collection (Library of Congress), John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) (1820)
"But then the privy purse remained to be regulated for the future, ... The committee would see how differently the privy purse was regarded both in the Slst ..."

6. The History of the Royal Academy of Arts from Its Foundation in 1768 to the by William Sandby (1862)
"... established — Tlte Pall-Matt Exhibitions until 1779 — The removal to Somerset House, 1780 — Discon- tinuance of Aid from the Privy Purse — Complaints as ..."

7. The Extraordinary Black Book: An Exposition of Abuses in Church and State by John Wade (1832)
"Before the reign of George III. no such thing as a privy purse was known. ... The first time any mention is made of the privy purse, is in Mr. Burke'a bill, ..."

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