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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
And Candace was part of that posse with Jay McInerney and Morgan.
The law also doesn't prevent gun-owning residents from joining sheriff's posses or the state militia.
But this posse of blue-eyed, speckled kittens was easy to find.
The film does kick off with one doozy of a connection to the rampaging posse of The Avengers.
Life is a journey and LeBron James is already rounding up a posse to track down the Warriors and take the title.
One suspect was killed by a posse before he could be arrested, two more were shot, one fatally, by McCall after supposedly trying to escape and the surviving pair were imprisoned but released in the 1960s.
Squeeze your way into the young professional posse at the office and hang with them for spontaneous drinks and dates.
The lone American in the traveling posse of Brits, discouraged by his non-response, turned to her friends.
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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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