- A group of people who are brought together by a sheriff to help with law enforcement is an example of a posse.
- If you get into an argument with someone and start a fist-fight and you have five of your friends to back you up in the fight, these five friends are an example of your posse.
- Historical a body of men summoned to assist the sheriff in keeping the peace, pursuing felons, etc.in full posse co·mi·ta·tus
- in the Old West, a group assembled to hunt for criminal fugitives
- a search party
- a gang, esp. one engaged in selling drugs
- any group of people, as of a person's friends and associates, specif. when acting as an entourage
Origin of posseML, short for posse comitatus, power of the county ; from Classical Latin posse, to be able (see potent) + comitatus, county ; from comes, a count
- A group of civilians called upon by a sheriff or other law enforcement official to assist temporarily in preserving the peace or pursuing and arresting a fugitive. Also called posse comitatus.
- A search party.
- A gang involved in crimes such as running guns and illegal narcotics trafficking.
- Slang A group of friends or associates.
Origin of posseShort for posse comitatus.
From Medieval Latin posse comitatus.