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[poh-uh-see, -zee] /ˈpoʊ ə si, -zi/
noun, plural poesies.
the work or the art of poetic composition.
  1. poetry in general.
  2. verse or poetry in metrical form.
  1. a poem or verse used as a motto.
    Compare posy (def 2).
  2. a poem.
Origin of poesy
1300-50; Middle English poesie < Middle French < Latin poēsis < Greek poíēsis poetic art, poetry, literally, a making, equivalent to poiē-, variant stem of poieîn to make + -sis -sis
Can be confused
poesy, posey, posy. Unabridged
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  • Admiration signifies poesy, and a chance to employ a fertile skill at it drives him to ecstasy, then past it.
  • The elegancy, facility, and golden cadence of poesy.
  • There must be something irresistibly attractive in poesy, though.
British Dictionary definitions for poesy


noun (pl) -sies
an archaic word for poetry
(poetic) the art of writing poetry
(archaic or poetic) a poem or verse, esp one used as a motto
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin poēsis, from Greek, from poiēsis poetic art, creativity, from poiein to make
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Word Origin and History for poesy

late 14c., "poetry; poetic language and ideas; literature; a poem, a passage of poetry," from Old French poesie (mid-14c.), from Vulgar Latin poesia (source of Provençal, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian poesia), from Latin poesis "poetry, a poem," from Greek poesis "composition, poetry," literally "a making, fabrication," variant of poiesis, from poein, poiein "to make or compose" (see poet). Meaning "the art of poetry" is late 15c.

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