[ poh-zee ]
/ ˈpoʊ zi /

noun, plural po·sies.

a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.

Nearby words

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  2. postvertebral,
  3. postviral syndrome,
  4. postvocalic,
  5. postwar,
  6. posé,
  7. pot,
  8. pot arch,
  9. pot calling the kettle black,
  10. pot calling the kettle black, the

Origin of posy

1400–50; late Middle English; syncopated variant of poesy

Can be confusedpoesy posey posy

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British Dictionary definitions for posy


/ (ˈpəʊzɪ) /

noun plural -sies

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 for posy

C16: variant of poesy

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Word Origin and History for posy



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.

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