AskDefine | Define posy

Dictionary Definition

posy n : an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present [syn: bouquet, corsage, nosegay]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A flower; a bouquet; a nosegay.
  2. a motto inscribed inside a ring


*1602 : William Shakespeare, Hamlet , act III scene 2
  • Is this a prologue or the posy of a ring?


*Icelandic: blómvöndur

Extensive Definition

A nosegay, posey (or posy), flower bouquet or tussie-mussie is a small bunch of flowers, typically given as a gift. They have existed in some form since at least medieval times, when they were worn around the head or on the lapel to mask the unpleasant smells of the time - literally, to keep the nose gay (to keep the nose happy). In their current form, they rose to popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria, from 1837 onwards, at which time the tussie-mussie became a popular fashion accessory. See the book entitled Tussie-Mussies, the Victorian Art of Expressing Yourself in the Language of Flowers, Workman Publishing, 1993.

See also

posy in Danish: Blomsterbuket
posy in German: Blumenstrauß
posy in Hebrew: זר פרחים
posy in Dutch: Boeket (bloemen)
posy in Polish: Bukiet (dekoracja)
posy in Quechua: Kintu

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