[ poh-uh-see, -zee ]
/ ˈpoʊ ə si, -zi /
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noun, plural po·e·sies.

the work or the art of poetic composition.
  1. poetry in general.
  2. verse or poetry in metrical form.
  1. a poem or verse used as a motto.Compare posy (def. 2).
  2. a poem.



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Origin of poesy

1300–50; Middle English poesie<Middle French <Latin poēsis<Greek poíēsis poetic art, poetry, literally, a making, equivalent to poiē-, variant stem of poieîn to make + -sis-sis
poesy , posey, posy
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British Dictionary definitions for poesy

/ (ˈpəʊɪzɪ) /

noun plural -sies

an archaic word for poetry
poetic the art of writing poetry
archaic, or poetic a poem or verse, esp one used as a motto
C14: via Old French from Latin poēsis, from Greek, from poiēsis poetic art, creativity, from poiein to make
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