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Meaning of posy by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Shortening of poesy. The meaning 'motto inscribed inside a ring' is first attested in the early 15th century; the meaning 'flower, bouquet' from the 1570s .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈpəʊzi/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈpoʊzi/
    • Rhymes: -əʊzi


    posy ( plural: posies )

    1. A flower; a bouquet; a nosegay .
    2. a motto inscribed inside a ring

Explanation of posy by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present

    Definition of posy by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Posy 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.

      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.

      We make a difference between suffering thistles to grow among us, and wearing them for posies. Swift.