Word of the Day: posy

posy [POH-zee]

noun

  1. a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
  2. Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.

Origin

Posy is a variant of the word poesy, meaning “poem, poetry.” Sometimes called nosegays or tussie-mussies, posies were popular accessories among fashionable women in Victorian England, and, harkening the word’s literary origin, became vehicles for the floral “language of love.”

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