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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Purser \Purs"er\, n. [See Purse, and cf. Bursar.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Naut.) A commissioned officer in the navy who had charge of the provisions, clothing, and public moneys on shipboard; -- now called paymaster. [1913 Webster] 2. A clerk on steam passenger vessels whose duty it is to keep the accounts of the vessels, such as the receipt of freight, tickets, etc. [1913 Webster] 3. Colloquially, any paymaster or cashier. [1913 Webster] Purser's name (Naut.), a false name. [Slang] [1913 Webster]