\ ˈpäsh How to pronounce posh (audio) \

Definition of posh

1 : elegant, fashionable a posh restaurant
2 British : typical of or intended for the upper classes : highfalutin posh accents

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from posh

poshly adverb
poshness noun

Examples of posh in a Sentence

They live in a posh neighborhood. The family is very posh.
Recent Examples on the Web Around the same time, dozens of posh electric launches cruised silently along the River Thames in Britain, using dockside stop-offs to top up their batteries with electricity and their bars with champagne. The Economist, "Teslas making waves A new generation of electric motorboats take to the water," 17 Feb. 2021 Health authorities quarantined two hotels and closed ski schools in the posh Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Monday to try to curb an outbreak of the highly infectious new coronavirus variant. NBC News, "Covid variant outbreak prompts quarantines in Switzerland's St Moritz ski resort," 18 Jan. 2021 Carlo’s shuttering in Preston Center joins a swath of restaurant closures at the posh shopping center. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Once-beloved Carlo’s Bakery — from TV show ‘Cake Boss’ — has closed in Dallas," 13 Jan. 2021 It’s host to Eaton Chagrin Boulevard, a posh setting for the likes of Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co. and Texas De Brazil. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Wayward chickens and a radical recall campaign: big problems for one of Cuyahoga County’s tiniest communities," 8 Feb. 2021 The Envision is intended to compete against the Acura RDX, the Infiniti QX50, and the Lincoln Corsair, all of which have posh intentions and all of which start over $35,000. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Buick Envision Looks More Upscale but Costs $1700 Less," 21 Jan. 2021 In 2019, for instance, scientists organized a debate at Wiston House, a posh 16th century manor south of London, in part to mull whether the process helped control gene activity. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Sloppy science or groundbreaking idea? Theory for how cells organize contents divides biologists," 21 Jan. 2021 But somewhere in the last half hour, the movie finally gets around to having something like a plot, involving the theft, from super-posh department store Harrods, of a big-ass diamond worth 3 million pounds. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "We Could Use a Pandemic-Era Romantic Comedy, But Locked Down Isn't It," 15 Jan. 2021 Those who do look to state and local leaders for guidance receive mixed messages—everything from the variability of lockdown rules to images of a maskless governor treating himself to a group meal at a posh restaurant. James Ross Gardner, The New Yorker, "As the Vaccine Arrives, Death and Denial Rage in a California Coronavirus Epicenter," 22 Dec. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'posh.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of posh

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for posh

origin unknown

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about posh

Statistics for posh

Last Updated

25 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Posh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posh. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for posh



English Language Learners Definition of posh

: very attractive, expensive, and popular
British : typical of people who have high social status

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on posh

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for posh

Nglish: Translation of posh for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of posh for Arabic Speakers

Comments on posh

What made you want to look up posh? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Who Knew?

Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!