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posse

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noun pos·se \ˈpä-sē\

Simple Definition of posse

  • : a group of people who were gathered together by a sheriff in the past to help search for a criminal

  • : a group of people who are together for a particular purpose

  • : a group of friends

Full Definition of posse

  1. 1 :  a large group often with a common interest

  2. 2 :  a body of persons summoned by a sheriff to assist in preserving the public peace usually in an emergency

  3. 3 :  a group of people temporarily organized to make a search (as for a lost child)

  4. 4 :  entourage 1

Examples of posse

  1. The sheriff and his posse rode out to look for the bandits.

  2. I went to the game with my posse.



Origin of posse

Medieval Latin posse comitatus, literally, power or authority of the county


First Known Use: 1645

Rhymes with posse


POSSE Defined for Kids

posse

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noun pos·se \ˈpä-sē\

Definition of posse

  1. :  a group of people gathered together to make a search and especially in the past to search for a criminal




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