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[poh-zee] /ˈpoʊ zi/
noun, plural posies.
a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.
Origin of posy
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; syncopated variant of poesy
Can be confused
poesy, posey, posy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for posy
Historical Examples
  • Her posy was sweet-smelling and good; it spoke to the heart.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • posy, among the rest, was blindfolded, and led up to the table.

  • "posy here'd be a good hand aboard a lightship," he observed.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I presume likely it's right enough for you to play that mouth organ of yours, posy.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "A dear old lady," murmured Goneril, much more interested in her posy.

  • Of these how gladly would he have gathered a posy to offer Miss St. John!

    Robert Falconer George MacDonald
  • "I have a favour to ask you," she said, in a low voice, and stooping her head over the posy.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • Two forms of these rings are the "gimmel" and the "posy" rings.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • They were inscribed, in addition to a posy, with the initials of the deceased and the date.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • The posy ring, suitably inscribed, was also used as a wedding-ring.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
British Dictionary definitions for posy


noun (pl) -sies
a small bunch of flowers or a single flower; nosegay
(archaic) a brief motto or inscription, esp one on a trinket or a ring
Word Origin
C16: variant of poesy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for posy

also posey, 1530s, "line of verse engraved on the inner surface of a ring," from poesy "poetry; a passage of poetry," which is recorded in this sense from early 15c. Meaning "flower, bouquet" first recorded 1570s, from notion of the language of flowers.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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