Posse definition

pŏsē
(slang) A group of friends or associates.
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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.
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A gang involved in crimes such as running guns and illegal narcotics trafficking.
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A search party.
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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.

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(historical) A body of men summoned to assist the sheriff in keeping the peace, pursuing felons, etc.
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In the Old West, a group assembled to hunt for criminal fugitives.
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A search party.
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A gang, esp. one engaged in selling drugs.
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Any group of people, as of a person's friends and associates, specif. when acting as an entourage.
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(US) A group of people summoned to help law enforcement.
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(US) A search party.
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(US, Jamaica) A criminal gang.
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(by extension) A group of associates.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
posse
Plural:
posses

Origin of posse

  • Short for posse comitatus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin posse comitatus.

    From Wiktionary