- posse comitatus.
- a body or force armed with legal authority.
- Slang. a group of friends or associates: hanging out with your posse; a posse of drug dealers.
Origin of posse
Examples from the Web for posses
Contemporary Examples of posses
None of the current party leaders in Britain posses the force of will or powers of persuasion last seen under Blair.How Britain Rushed to Inaction in Syria
September 4, 2013
The two posses decided to join forces and set off hauling their rations down the street.Occupy Wall Street Takes on Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
November 3, 2012
He posses an incredible work ethic, has a lot of great ideas, and brings a lot of dedication to the blog.What I Saw On The Blog
August 28, 2012
Historical Examples of posses
But the common people of his Gens did not posses that power.
I aim to get back in time to join one of the posses in their hunt for the outlaws.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
Mr. Manning's got posses out and will start more at daylight.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
The expenses of posses were to be charged against the county.Civil War and Reconstruction in Alabama
Walter L. Fleming
Don't you know we just got in from hunting you—two posses of us been out all night?The Yukon Trail
William MacLeod Raine
- Also called: posse comitatus US the able-bodied men of a district assembled together and forming a group upon whom the sheriff may call for assistance in maintaining law and order
- law possibility (esp in the phrase in posse)
- slang a Jamaican street gang in the US
- informal a group of friends or associates
Word Origin for posse
Word Origin and History for posses
1640s (in Anglo-Latin from early 14c.), shortening of posse comitatus "the force of the county" (1620s, in Anglo-Latin from late 13c.), from Medieval Latin posse "body of men, power," from Latin posse "have power, be able" (see potent) + comitatus "of the county," genitive of Late Latin word for "court palace" (see comitatus). Modern slang meaning "small gang" is probably from Western movies.