Posy Po"sy, n.; pl. {Posies}. [Contr. fr. poesy.] 1. A brief poetical sentiment; hence, any brief sentiment, motto, or legend; especially, one inscribed on a ring. ``The posy of a ring.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. [Probably so called from the use of flowers as having an enigmatical significance. Wedgwood.] A flower; a bouquet; a nosegay. ``Bridegroom's posies.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

We make a difference between suffering thistles to grow among us, and wearing them for posies. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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