Associations to the word «Posse»


POSSE, noun. (US) A group of people summoned to help law enforcement
POSSE, noun. (US) A search party
POSSE, noun. (US) (Jamaica) A criminal gang
POSSE, noun. (by extension) A group of associates
POSSE COMITATUS, noun. (historical) The able-bodied men over 15 in a given county who can be summoned by the sheriff to help keep the peace, or arrest a felon; also a group of men so gathered.
POSSE COMITATUS, noun. (figuratively) Any band of men, especially armed or hostile.

Dictionary definition

POSSE, noun. A temporary police force.

Wise words

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Nathaniel Hawthorne