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

Definition of posy

1 : a brief sentiment, motto, or legend
b : flower

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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 All that weeding and planting, mulching and mowing leaves one too exhausted for any but the most enthralling books — such as those in this springtime posy of favorite recent titles. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2021 During such uncertain times, there is something particularly joyful about bringing nature into our lives through art, even if that means enjoying a posy of Forget-me-Nots hand-painted onto wafer-thin gold, online, at the end of a long Zoom day. Kate Matthams, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 Cliff came back into the living room holding three glasses of milk, balancing them by pressing them together like a squat white posy. Namwali Serpell, Harper's Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 Then make a posy, because flowers are beautiful and bring joy. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 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, 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, 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, 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, 14 Jan. 2019

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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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“Posy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posy. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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