|Purse Definition - Definitions for the Clothing & fabric Industry|
In American English, a purse is a small bag, also called a handbag.
In British English, a purse is a small money container similar to a wallet, but typically used by women and including a compartment for coins, with a handbag being considerably larger.
A purse or handbag is often fashionably-designed, and is used to hold a number of items such as a wallet, keys, tissues, makeup, a hairbrush, feminine products, or other items
Purses are usually carried by women, though men sometimes carry one as a smaller alternative to a backpack; such a purse is sometimes self-consciously termed a "murse" or "manbag" (portmanteaus "man" with "purse" and "handbag" respectively). It can also be bluntly called a "man-purse".
Coin purses are small purses, just large enough to hold money and cards.
A medium-to-small-sized purse with a short handle, designed to be carried (clutched) in one's hand is often called a clutch.
A larger purse with two handles is often called a tote.
A pocketbook is similar to a purse (in the British English sense), but allows the carrying of sheets of paper as well.
A security purse is designed to protect the carrier from travel theft. The purse includes a invisible stainless steel strap sewned into the fabric and a protectant on the main zipper.
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