- The definition of a posse is a group of people who come together for a common goal or who stand up for something together.
- 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.
posse definition by Webster's New World
- Historicalin full posse comitatus
- the body of men required, upon being summoned, to assist the sheriff in keeping the peace, pursuing felons, etc.
- a band of men, usually armed, so summoned
- any body of persons armed with legal authority
- 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
Origin: Midieval Latin short for posse comitatus, power of the county ; from Classical Latin posse, to be able (see potent) plush comitatus, county ; from comes, a count
posse definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A group of people summoned by a sheriff to aid in law enforcement.
- A search party.
- A gang involved in crimes such as running guns and illegal narcotics trafficking.
- Slang A group of friends or associates.
Origin: Short for Medieval Latin posse comitātūs : Medieval Latin posse, power, body of men (from Latin, to be able; see potent) + comitātūs, genitive of comitātus, county.