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Word of the Day
Monday, February 03, 2014

Definitions for posy

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

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Citations for posy
HAMLET: Is this a prologue, or the posy of a ring?
OPHELIA: ’Tis brief, my lord.
HAMLET: As woman’s love.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, 1603
This time I have to bring her in an hour a posy of the rarest flowers, and where am I to find them? Andrew Lang, The Orange Fairy Book, 1906
Origin of posy
late Middle English
Posy is a variant of the word poesy, meaning "poem, poetry." Sometimes called nosegays or tussie-mussies, posies were popular accessories among fashionable women in Victorian England, and, harkening the word's literary origin, became vehicles for the floral "language of love."