[ poh-uh-see, -zee ]
/ ˈpoʊ ə si, -zi /

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.

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

Can be confused

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

Word Origin for poesy

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