One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small bunch of flowers.
bouquet, bunch, bunch of flowers, spray, nosegay, corsageView synonyms
- ‘Put posies of fresh flowers all around the house, not just in the obvious places - a single rose in a small bud vase works wonders in a small loo.’
- ‘A posy of flowers may be hard to manage now, but there is a mass of evergreen foliage that can easily be fashioned into Christmas wreaths.’
- ‘A posy of purple flowers picked from the battlefield on which the charge of the Light Brigade took place is to go on display to the public.’
- ‘The display includes waistcoats, bodices, skirts, part of an eighteenth century dress made of beautiful blue silk with posies of flowers woven into it.’
- ‘Both children received a special cup, as well as a posy of flowers for the princess and a buttonhole for the prince.’
- ‘Florals were large cabbage roses, smatterings of abstract blooms in unusual colour combinations and smaller posies or bunches.’
- ‘They carried tied posies of flowers similar to the bride's.’
- ‘The couple's daughter Millie, three, was chosen to present the Princess Royal with a posy of flowers.’
- ‘Some would bring a posy of field flowers, gathered along the way and the very lucky ones a cake baked in their mistress's oven.’
- ‘This Saturday some of the ladies of the village, dressed in traditional clothes, offered aryian (yoghurt drink), rakia, banitsa and posies of flowers.’
- ‘He produced the posy of flowers from behind his back.’
- ‘Arrange a quick posy of flowers in an ice cream container for a true taste of summer.’
- ‘As the youngest member of the school, and celebrating her birthday that day, five-year-old Rosie presented the Duchess with a posy of flowers on her arrival.’
- ‘The competition for the AGM will be for a posy of flowers.’
- ‘Shortly after 10.30 am a woman neighbour asked the policeman standing guard at the scene to put a posy of flowers on the pathway of the dead man's home.’
- ‘Witness tourists wandering around picking posies of rare flowers to take home for their mums.’
- ‘To complete the desired effect of Edmund's cuteness, the photographer has put a posy of flowers into his hand, then perched him on a tall rattan chair from which his short legs dangle.’
- ‘All florists' shops at this time of year have a special stock of special Valentine cards, which can be the basis of a posy or bouquet.’
- ‘The children presented the Queen with a posy of white flowers.’
- ‘She was sitting in the middle of her bare, empty room, tying a dozen or so tiny flowers into a posy with ribbon.’
2archaic A short motto or line of verse inscribed inside a ring.
Late Middle English (in posy (sense 2)): contraction of poesy.
- variant spelling of posey
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