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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
While robbing all of streaming, Taylor does it with a posse disguised in cat masks, a nod to her rival’s fans, known as the KatyCats.
Plus, my posse of girlfriends was neatly divided between those who were shacked up with long term partners and those who were still hitting the playing field hard.
In the party atmosphere of New Orleans, Ryan’s perfectly maintained image and composure starts to come loose at the seams, especially when the posse discovers photos of Stewart stepping out on her with a sultry Instagram model (Deborah Ayorinde).
In the party atmosphere of New Orleans, Ryan's perfectly maintained image and composure starts to come loose at the seams, especially when the posse discovers photos of Stewart stepping out on her with a sultry Instagram model (Deborah Ayorinde).
Essentially structured as an old-school Hollywood Western epic right out of the John Ford playbook, Caesar and his small posse of payback-seeking apes ride on horseback (those poor horses!) across the snowy Sierra mountains.
The Mande Milkshakers walking 'polka dot posse organized the celebration to promote the city of Mandeville and raise money for the Miracle League Northshore.
No furniture, just folding tables, nobody working, Billy and his posse hanging out in their ‘
Each member of the pal posse brought her own brand of aid and comfort.
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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
Definition of posse for Students
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