Meaning of “posse” in the English Dictionary


"posse" in English

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possenoun [ C, + sing/pl verb ]

uk /ˈpɒs.i/ us /ˈpɑː.si/

a group of people who have come together for the same purpose:

The disgraced minister walked swiftly from the car to his house pursued by a whole posse of reporters.

in the past, a group of men in the US who were brought together to catch a criminal:

The sheriff rounded up a posse and went after the bank robbers.

slang a group of friends:

I was hanging with my posse.

(Definition of “posse” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"posse" in American English

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possenoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɑs·i/

a group of people following a person in order to catch him or her:

In a lot of old westerns, the sheriff gathers a posse to chase the bad guy.

(Definition of “posse” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)