Definition of posset in English:

posset

noun

mass noun
  • 1A cold dessert made from thickened cream, typically flavoured with lemon.

    ‘lemon posset glazed with a sugar caramel’
    • ‘Choose from lemon posset with raspberries, vanilla cheesecake with honeycomb and caramel, and a tiny little apple crumble with custard.’
    • ‘Passion-fruit posset was creamy, and dense with tropical fruits.’
    • ‘During our annual summer stay in North Yorkshire, we generally cook at home, luxuriating in the fantastic quality of local surf and turf, but I was lured into the restaurant by a pot of lemon posset.’
    • ‘I think I love the names of trifles, possets, fools and syllabubs, more than I enjoy eating them.’
    • ‘A selection of British cheese and biscuits, and a refreshing lemon posset with fresh raspberries rounded things off nicely, with a nice bottle of white wine, of course.’
    • ‘We settled on lemon and tayberry posset.’
    • ‘She chose the lemon posset from the traditional dessert menu, which also proved a hit, while Louis and I had coffee.’
    • ‘Inevitably, my wife finished with posset, the same tangy pud sold at the shop but bolstered with blackberries and strawberries.’
    • ‘To serve, place blood orange segments and chopped rhubarb on top of the set lemon posset and enjoy with the shortbread.’
    • ‘Among the dessert offerings were such treats as lemon posset with whipped cream and shortbread fingers, and summer pudding with whipped cream in a filo pastry basket.’
    • ‘For dessert I had a lemon posset with a berry consommé, which the waitress poured over the dessert at the table, topping it with raspberries.’
    • ‘That year I remember we made lemon posset with butter shortbread, a dessert which previously hadn't been served up in our house.’
    • ‘You can make the first part of the posset a day or so in advance, saving the whipping part for the last minute.’
    • ‘Ann was tempted to conclude her lunch with a pudding, especially the lemon posset.’
    • ‘To serve, simply spoon whipped posset into four to six individual ramekins and top with a scoop of berries.’
  • 2historical A drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other alcohol and typically flavoured with spices.

    • ‘Spiced cider and the alcoholic posset were served hot, but the staple beverage everywhere was beer, beginning with breakfast.’
    • ‘A posset was a hot drink made from milk curdled with ale, wine, or other liquor, often with sugar, spices, and herbs added in.’
    • ‘She chose the lemon posset from the traditional dessert menu, which also proved a hit, while Louis and I had coffee.’
    • ‘I think I love the names of trifles, possets, fools and syllabubs more than I enjoy eating them.’
    • ‘There's more about possets, and a recipe, here.’

verb

[no object]
  • (of a baby) regurgitate curdled milk.

    ‘bless its little heart, it's possetting again’
    • ‘Of course, Freddie pulled my hair and possetted onto it as soon as I got home again!’
    • ‘From time to time the baby belched and possetted back a small quantity of milk.’
    • ‘I'm so used to the constant ‘possetting’ I forgot to mention it when I dropped the boy off, so the olds spent the day wondering whether Jr was really sick in a contagious sort of way.’

Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin. The verb is first recorded in English dialect in the late 19th century.

Pronunciation

posset

/ˈpɒsɪt/