pos·​set ˈpä-sət How to pronounce posset (audio)
: a hot drink of sweetened and spiced milk curdled with ale or wine

Examples of posset in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The posset was actually consumed by the wealthy and those in the upper class. Michelle Darrisaw, Southern Living, 5 Nov. 2023 This sounded like a relative of a fruity panna cotta or soft-set posset, albeit one that had immigrated to the Intermountain West and shopped at Chico’s. Mackenzie Chung Fegan, Bon Appétit, 17 Oct. 2023 For dessert, diners can indulge in a warm chocolate tart or lemon posset with milk ice cream and rhubarb, among other offerings. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 7 June 2022 American eggnog is closely related to English posset and Scottish Auld Man's Milk (to be drunk on New Year's Day after a night of revelry). Kelly Brant, Arkansas Online, 22 Dec. 2021 Teapot-like drinking vessels for posset enabled people to drink the liquid before eating the curds with a spoon after. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 Hints of sherbet, marshmallow, lemon posset (a kind of lemon custard), mango, creamed peaches and ripe orange lead on to a composed and approachable palate that has good complexity. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 6 June 2021 The story of eggnog can be traced back to English colonists, who transformed a hot British drink called posset (a mixture of eggs, milk, and ale or wine) by adding rum and bourbon—the spirits of the New World. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 4 Dec. 2020 Some of other dishes scattered throughout the service will be snacks like dashi popcorn and dessert like lemon posset. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Apr. 2018

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'posset.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


Middle English poshet, possot

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of posset was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near posset

Cite this Entry

“Posset.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posset. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!