po·sy | \ˈpō-zē \
plural posies

Definition of posy 

1 : a brief sentiment, motto, or legend

2a : bouquet, nosegay

b : flower

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Synonyms for posy


bouquet, nosegay

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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

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There is now a mostly forgotten complex language of flowers in which posies could be coded love letters. A.a. Gill, A-LIST, "Fraught, But It Counts," 4 July 2018 And while most brides honor the tradition of throwing the bouquet, Meghan’s floral posy (by Phillippa Craddock) will very likely end up in Westminster Abbey, rather than in the hands of one of her bridesmaids. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Harry and Meghan Confirm They Will Uphold a 'Very Important' Tradition Involving the Wedding Dress!," 4 May 2018 And 'pocket full of posies' refers to Lil Ricky, who loved to garden, apparently. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Rolling Deep With The On My Block RollerWorld Conspiracy," 28 Mar. 2018 The nursery on the paper reads: Ring around the rosie Pocket full of posiesAshes! Ashes! Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Rolling Deep With The On My Block RollerWorld Conspiracy," 28 Mar. 2018 Here's a couple of photos of a small child giving Markle some fresh posies. Madison Medeiros, refinery29.com, "Meghan Markle & The Queen Just Made Their Big Debut," 12 Mar. 2018 The young ladies being presented donned traditional long white dresses and kid-leather, white, opera-length gloves, and held posies of red roses. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Bienville Club President's Ball and Presentation shines the spotlight on nine young ladies," 15 Oct. 2017 The new movie looks and sounds quite fine, and there’s a certain easy pleasure that comes from revisiting cinematically enhanced 19th-century Britain, with its silky frocks, perfectly cut posies and apparently happy peasants. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: In ‘My Cousin Rachel,’ It’s Kiss or Be Killed," 8 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of posy

: a small bunch of flowers

: a single cut flower


po·sy | \ˈpō-zē \
plural posies

Kids Definition of posy

1 : a small bunch of flowers

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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