[ poh-uh-see, -zee ]
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noun,plural po·e·sies.
  1. the work or the art of poetic composition.

  2. Archaic.

    • poetry in general.

    • verse or poetry in metrical form.

  1. Obsolete.

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

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How to use poesy in a sentence

  • Gwynne smiled as he recalled the heroines of poesy that had fed so many doves and garden birds.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • This one I am really and truly smoking and the smoke it exhales is a cloud of poesy spreading grace and charm about it.

    Marguerite | Anatole France
  • They are a very complete expression of his poetic ideas, and contain among their number gems of purest poesy.

    Frdric Mistral | Charles Alfred Downer
  • With what poesy did his music fill this sanctuary, even in the midst of his most grievous troubles!

  • In fact, Valdemosa, which at first was enchanting to them, lost afterwards much of its poesy in their eyes.

British Dictionary definitions for poesy


/ (ˈpəʊɪzɪ) /

nounplural -sies
  1. an archaic word for poetry

  2. poetic the art of writing poetry

  1. archaic, or poetic a poem or verse, esp one used as a motto

Origin of poesy

C14: via Old French from Latin poēsis, from Greek, from poiēsis poetic art, creativity, from poiein to make

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