po·​sy | \ ˈpō-zē How to pronounce posy (audio) \
plural posies

Definition of posy

1 : a brief sentiment, motto, or legend

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Examples of posy in a Sentence

a pocket full of posies gathered a posy of wildflowers to present to his girlfriend
Recent Examples on the Web Then make a posy, because flowers are beautiful and bring joy. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "U.S. coronavirus death toll reaches 50,000," 28 Apr. 2020 Bluebonnet Trail in Plano Patches of posies are scattered along this trail that runs east to west across Plano, just north of West Spring Creek Parkway. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Enjoy the blooming bluebonnets while practicing social distancing," 8 Apr. 2020 Near the Luce Foundation Center on the third floor of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 7th and F Streets, muralist Kelsey Montague created a cheeky panda bearing posies and perfectly poised for Instagram poseurs. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 One of the boys who had camped out was Tyler McCrane, a twenty-year-old Floridian with bleached hair, who was wearing a lavender beret and overalls with a posy of plastic flowers stuffed into the pocket. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Troye Sivan’s Coming of Age," 17 June 2019 Receiving posies of flowers has long been a celebrated tradition for female members of the Royal Family. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Reveals Baby Secrets as She Brings Magic Touch to Royal Day Out," 14 Jan. 2019 Every official greeted and each posy of flowers presented is meticulously scheduled in advance, carefully typed into detailed operational notes carried by palace aides. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Duchess Meghan Shared Touching Messages with Vulnerable Women During Bristol Visit," 1 Feb. 2019 The tradition started when Queen Victoria was gifted a posy of myrtle flowers by Prince Albert’s grandmother in 1845. Monique Jessen, PEOPLE.com, "Welsh Gold and Queen Victoria's Myrtle: Will Meghan Markle Honor Royal Wedding Traditions?," 3 May 2018 Elizabeth II's horse also appears to be sporting a cluster of posies up by its ear, a symbol honoring fallen troops, and nodding to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New Photo Shows Queen Elizabeth Horseback Riding Like the Boss She Is at 92," 7 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of posy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for posy

alteration of poesy

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The first known use of posy was in the 15th century

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“Posy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posy. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of posy

: a small bunch of flowers
: a single cut flower


po·​sy | \ ˈpō-zē How to pronounce posy (audio) \
plural posies

Kids Definition of posy

1 : a small bunch of flowers

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