change purse


A kangaroo-skin change purse


change purse (plural change purses)

  1. (chiefly Canada, US) A small purse or pouch designed for carrying coins.
    • 1919, Hildegard G. Frey, The Camp Fire Girls Solve a Mystery, New York: A. L. Burt, Chapter 18, p. 198,[1]
      Not having enough money in her change-purse to pay for them, she took a roll of bills from a bill-fold in her inner pocket, and, taking five dollars from the roll, returned it to its place of safety in the lining of her coat.
    • 1921, Almira Bailey, Vignettes of San Francisco, The San Francisco Journal, “Bags or Sacks,” p. 55,[2]
      In the East a change purse is scorned by anything masculine, but here all the men carry one, I don’t know why not in the East, nor why in the West.
    • 1963, William Weaver (translator), “Marcovaldo at the supermarket” in Marcovaldo, or The Seasons in the City by Italo Calvino, New York: Harcourt Brace, pp. 84-85,
      And off went packages and bundles and wallets and bags; they whirled around the cashier’s desk in a clutter, hands digging into pocketbooks seeking change-purses, and fingers rummaging in change-purses for coins, and down below, in a forest of alien legs and hems and overcoats, children no longer held by the hand became lost and started crying.
    • 2013, Leah McLaren, “Portrait of a lady: The delicate art of capturing the Queen,” Maclean’s, 10 May, 2013,[3]
      [] as any Commonwealth native knows just by sifting through her change purse, the Queen is the most pictured living person in history.