- a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
- Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.
Origin of posy
Examples from the Web for posies
The Queen was presented with posies of flowers by children as she left the chapel.Sophie Dazzles in Electric Blue at Royal's Easter Service
March 31, 2013
She liked Cynthy to come in with the posies and say something bright.A Little Girl in Old Salem
Amanda Minnie Douglas
An' you left all them things up there, an' the trees, an' the posies, an' everything like that way.Reels and Spindles
And to think that as a boy he was wont to bring me posies, and wear my colors!Margery [Gred], Complete
But I shouldn't wonder but what them posies heartened the chap up a bit.New Treasure Seekers
E. (Edith) Nesbit
Miss Sallie was busy with her posies down yonder near the gate.Blue Ridge Country
- 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 and History for posies
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.