ring with the French posy prenes[z] en gré (accept this with gratitude), 16th c.


Shortening of poesy (poetry).



posy (plural posies)

  1. A flower; a small bouquet; a nosegay. [from 1570s]
    • c. 1587, Christopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love:
      And I will make thee beds of roses, / And a thousand fragrant posies;
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients[1]:
      'Twas early June, the new grass was flourishing everywheres, the posies in the yard—peonies and such—in full bloom, the sun was shining, and the water of the bay was blue, with light green streaks where the shoal showed.
  2. (archaic) A verse of poetry, especially a motto or an inscription on a ring. [from early 15th c.]


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