po·​sy | \ ˈpō-zē How to pronounce posy (audio) \
plural posies

Definition of posy

1 : a brief sentiment, motto, or legend
b : flower

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Synonyms for posy


bob [Scottish], bouquet, nosegay

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Examples of posy in a Sentence

a pocket full of posies gathered a posy of wildflowers to present to his girlfriend

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Near the Luce Foundation Center on the third floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 7th and F Streets, muralist Kelsey Montague created a cheeky panda bearing posies and perfectly poised for Instagram poseurs. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 One of the boys who had camped out was Tyler McCrane, a twenty-year-old Floridian with bleached hair, who was wearing a lavender beret and overalls with a posy of plastic flowers stuffed into the pocket. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Troye Sivan’s Coming of Age," 17 June 2019 Receiving posies of flowers has long been a celebrated tradition for female members of the Royal Family. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Reveals Baby Secrets as She Brings Magic Touch to Royal Day Out," 14 Jan. 2019 Every official greeted and each posy of flowers presented is meticulously scheduled in advance, carefully typed into detailed operational notes carried by palace aides. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Duchess Meghan Shared Touching Messages with Vulnerable Women During Bristol Visit," 1 Feb. 2019 The tradition started when Queen Victoria was gifted a posy of myrtle flowers by Prince Albert’s grandmother in 1845. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "Welsh Gold and Queen Victoria's Myrtle: Will Meghan Markle Honor Royal Wedding Traditions?," 3 May 2018 Elizabeth II's horse also appears to be sporting a cluster of posies up by its ear, a symbol honoring fallen troops, and nodding to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New Photo Shows Queen Elizabeth Horseback Riding Like the Boss She Is at 92," 7 Nov. 2018 The use of myrtle is a tradition for royal brides dating back to Queen Victoria, who was given a posy containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother on a visit to Germany. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Flowers are a Celebration of Fall," 12 Oct. 2018 There is now a mostly forgotten complex language of flowers in which posies could be coded love letters. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of posy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for posy

alteration of poesy

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English Language Learners Definition of posy

: a small bunch of flowers
: a single cut flower


po·​sy | \ ˈpō-zē How to pronounce posy (audio) \
plural posies

Kids Definition of posy

1 : a small bunch of flowers

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