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posé

[poh-zey; French paw-zey]
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noun, plural po·sés [poh-zeyz; French paw-zey] /poʊˈzeɪz; French pɔˈzeɪ/. Ballet.
  1. a movement in which the dancer steps, in any desired position, from one foot to the other with a straight knee onto the flat foot, demi-pointe, or pointe.
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Origin of posé

1925–30; < French: poised, past participle of poser to pose; see pose1
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British Dictionary definitions for posé

pose1

verb
  1. to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
  2. (intr often foll by as) to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
  3. (intr) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
  4. (tr) to put forward, ask, or assertto pose a question
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noun
  1. a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer
  2. a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect
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Word Origin

C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin pausāre to cease, put down (influenced by Latin pōnere to place)

pose2

verb (tr)
  1. rare to puzzle or baffle
  2. archaic to question closely
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Word Origin

C16: from obsolete appose, from Latin appōnere to put to, set against; see oppose
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Word Origin and History for posé

pose

v.1

late 14c., "suggest, propose, suppose, assume," from Old French poser "put, place, propose," a term in debating, from Late Latin pausare "to halt, rest, pause" (source also of Italian posare, Spanish posar; see pause (v.)). The Old French verb (in common with cognates in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) acquired the sense of Latin ponere "to put, place," by confusion of the similar stems. Meaning "put in a certain position" is from early 15c. Sense of "assume a certain attitude" is from 1840; the transitive sense (as an artist's model, etc.) is from 1859. Related: Posed; posing.

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pose

v.2

"to puzzle, confuse, perplex," 1590s, earlier "question, interrogate" (1520s), probably from Middle French poser "suppose, assume," from Old French poser "to put, place, set" (see pose (v.1)). Also in some cases a shortening of English appose "examine closely," and oppose. Related: Posed; posing.

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pose

n.

"act of posing the body," 1818, from pose (v.1), in a sense developed in the French cognate. Figuratively from 1884.

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