posse


Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

pos·se

 (pŏs′ē)
n.
1. 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. Also called posse comitatus.
2. A search party.
3. A gang involved in crimes such as running guns and illegal narcotics trafficking.
4. Slang A group of friends or associates.

[Short for posse comitatus.]

posse

(ˈpɒsɪ)
n
1. (Law) Also called: posse comitatus US the able-bodied men of a district assembled together and forming a group upon whom the sheriff may call for assistance in maintaining law and order
2. (Law) law possibility (esp in the phrase in posse)
3. slang a Jamaican street gang in the US
4. informal a group of friends or associates
[C16: from Medieval Latin (n): power, strength, from Latin (vb): to be able, have power]

pos•se

(ˈpɒs i)

n.
1. a body of persons given legal authority to assist a peace officer esp. in an emergency.
2. a body of persons summoned for the purpose of making a search.
3. Slang. a group of friends or associates: a posse of drug dealers.
[1575–85; < Medieval Latin posse (comitātūs) power (of the county), n. use of Latin infinitive: to be able, have power; compare potent1]

Posse

 a company or force with legal authority; a strong band of persons, animals, etc.
Examples: posse of articles (literary), 1728; of constables, 1753; of enthusiasts; of hell, 1645; of mechanisation, 1797; of silent people, 1872; of policemen, 1884; of the rabble, 1678; of ranters; of sheriffs; of cock turkeys, 1841; of silly women.

posse

A group of citizens summoned by a sheriff to help in maintaining law and order.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.posse - a temporary police force
constabulary, police, police force, law - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"
posseman - an able-bodied man serving as a member of a posse
Translations
policejní oddíl
eftersøgningshold
galeri
liî lögreglumanna; leitarflokkur
policijos būrys
policistu vienība
policajný oddiel

posse

[ˈpɒsɪ] N (esp US) → pelotón m

posse

[ˈpɒsi] n (US)détachement m

posse

n (US: = sheriff’s posse) → Aufgebot nt; (fig)Gruppe f, → Schar f; (of youths, criminals) → Gang f, → Bande f; posse of searchersSuchtrupp m

posse

[ˈpɒsɪ] n (Am) → gruppo armato di volontari

posse

(ˈposi) noun
(especially American) a number of policemen who go out together to find a criminal etc.
References in classic literature ?
The fact is, boys, that sword-fish only began the job; he's come back again with a gang of ship-carpenters, saw-fish, and file-fish, and what not; and the whole posse of 'em are now hard at work cutting and slashing at the bottom; making improvements, I suppose.
The party beneath, now more apparent in the light of the dawn, consisted of our old acquaintances, Tom Loker and Marks, with two constables, and a posse consisting of such rowdies at the last tavern as could be engaged by a little brandy to go and help the fun of trapping a set of niggers.
They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc.
They got a posse together, and went off to guard the river bank, and as soon as it is light the sheriff and a gang are going to beat up the woods.
Traddles in posse, - presuming, that is to say, that my friend Mr.
In order to cast an odium upon the power of calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, it has been remarked that there is nowhere any provision in the proposed Constitution for calling out the POSSE COMITATUS, to assist the magistrate in the execution of his duty, whence it has been inferred, that military force was intended to be his only auxiliary.
That will do me great honor," said the leader of the posse, "and I accept thankfully.
A good deal was said about sending for the sheriff; some hints were given about calling out the posse comitatus to avenge the insulted laws; and many of the citizens were collected, deliberating how to proceed.
I took notes of his statements for Royal Society - in posse.
Taft's watchmen and a posse of constables, to help us at the right time.
He knew that in either case a posse of citizens with a pack of bloodhounds would soon be on his track and his chance of escape was very slender; but he did not wish to assist in his own pursuit.
It shall never be said, whilst I am bailiff of Southampton, that any waster, riever, draw-latch or murtherer came scathless away from me and my posse.