Archaic A brief verse or sentimental phrase, especially one inscribed on a trinket.(noun)
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Use "posy" in a sentence
"He talked for the next ten minutes about the bauble, making a humorous translation of its Latin 'posy,' and describing in the same vein the service to a foreign state that had won him the recognition."
"Mick Jagger, wearing a white skirt, read out some 'posy' for his drummer, Brian Jones, who had recently been drowned (not in the Gulf of Spezia but in his Surrey swimming pool)."
"It adds very much to the beauty of a piece of silver to bear such engraving, and it is always well to add a motto, or a "posy," as the bid phrase has it, thus investing the gift with a personal interest, in our absence of armorial bearings."