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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
After the ceremony, Akane and Musashi decide to stay behind and defend their own homeland, leaving Maeve, Hector, Sizemore, Armistice, Felix, Sylvester, and Hanaryo (Maeve's got quite a posse) to continue searching for Maeve's daughter.
The students, who must be nominated to apply for the scholarship, are placed on support teams – or posses – of 10 students at a partner university.
With the posse, heavily armed, hiding in brush along the paved highway, Barrow's car broke over the horizon racing at 85 miles an hour.
Mike D’Antoni works the sideline like a rancher rounding up a posse to track down the varmint who stole his horse.
New congressional maps drew a posse of candidates to competitive primary races.
The first sheriffs were appointed by the king, and charged with collecting taxes, investigating deaths, and commanding the posse comitatus, a gang of locals dispatched to hunt fugitives.
According to an account of the incident, written half a century later by Salisbury’s grandson, James Fleming, Salisbury had left his wife in labor with their fourth child to lead the white posse to Perry’s home.
Bryan loves playing with the animals, running on the big soccer field, hanging out with his posse of cousins.
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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.
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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