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Examples of posse in a Sentence
The sheriff and his posse rode out to look for the bandits.
I went to the game with my posse.
Recent Examples of posse from the Web
There are just three giant robots standing between a posse of massive bugs and the end of the world.
At Disney World's quick-service restaurants, one member of a park posse typically hops into a line to order the food, while the rest of the group looks for an open table.
Once Team USA and Team Afghan stop glowering and growling at each other, a posse hits the trail on horseback and Dostum and Mitch settle into a mentor-student bond that evokes the Karate Kid and the road to wisdom.
Rick Grimes and his posse based in Alexandria have spent the season going toe-to-toe with the blowhard meanie Negan and his group, the Saviors.
Certain states, like Georgia, still allow sheriffs to literally round up a posse to execute warrants.
Time surrounded by her posse helped her get through the rougher parts of the year, but Hart likes driving alone to Palm Springs to write.
The posses frug across the floor, a star at their center, a considerably less visually rewarding cluster of entourage and security around them.
Harden was fouled on the ensuing posses and was forced to take two free throws with 1.8 seconds remaining his team trailing by two.
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Did You Know?
Posse started out as a technical term in law, part of the term "posse comitatus," which in Medieval Latin meant power or authority of the county. As such, it referred to a group of citizens summoned by a sheriff to preserve the public peace as allowed for by law. "Preserving the public peace" so often meant hunting down a supposed criminal that "posse" eventually came to mean any group organized to make a search or embark on a mission. In even broader use it can refer to any group, period. Sometimes nowadays that group is a gang or a rock band but it can as easily be any group - of politicians, models, architects, tourists, children, or what have you - acting in concert.
Origin and Etymology of posse
First Known Use: 1645See Words from the same year
POSSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of posse for English Language Learners
: 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
POSSE Defined for Kids
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