Main definitions of posy in US English:

: posy1posy2

posy1

noun

  • 1A small bunch of flowers.

    • ‘They carried tied posies of flowers similar to the bride's.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Florals were large cabbage roses, smatterings of abstract blooms in unusual colour combinations and smaller posies or bunches.’
    • ‘The couple's daughter Millie, three, was chosen to present the Princess Royal with a posy of flowers.’
    • ‘Both children received a special cup, as well as a posy of flowers for the princess and a buttonhole for the prince.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arrange a quick posy of flowers in an ice cream container for a true taste of summer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He produced the posy of flowers from behind his back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The competition for the AGM will be for a posy of flowers.’
    • ‘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 display includes waistcoats, bodices, skirts, part of an eighteenth century dress made of beautiful blue silk with posies of flowers woven into it.’
    bouquet, bunch, bunch of flowers, spray, nosegay, corsage
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  • 2archaic A short motto or line of verse inscribed inside a ring.

Origin

Late Middle English (in posy (sense 2)): contraction of poesy.

Pronunciation

posy

/ˈpoʊzi//ˈpōzē/

Main definitions of posy in US English:

: posy1posy2

posy2

adjective

  • variant spelling of posey

Pronunciation

posy

/ˈpoʊzi//ˈpōzē/