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1The bearer or carrier of a purse; a person who has been given charge of money belonging to another, or to a company, etc.; a treasurer, a bursar. Now archaic and historical.
2British Parliament. The official who carries the Lord Chancellor's purse on ceremonial occasions.
Middle English; earliest use found in Judas Iscariot. From purse + bearer.
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