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[poh-zey; French paw-zey] /poʊˈzeɪ; French pɔˈzeɪ/
noun, plural posés
[poh-zeyz; French paw-zey] /poʊˈzeɪz; French pɔˈzeɪ/ (Show IPA).
a movement in which the dancer steps, in any desired position, from one foot to the other with a straight knee onto the flat foot, demi-pointe, or pointe.
Origin of posé
1925-30; < French: poised, past participle of poser to pose; see pose1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for posé
  • Jaeger's head is aslant and his eyes jut forward in a pose both arrogant and dissolute.
  • They pose a question, and they give a satisfying answer.
  • The first is the idea that somehow computer achievements pose some sort of threat or challenge to human beings.
  • Tourists stop to pose with him for photographs or get an autograph.
  • Do new bank-capital requirements pose a risk to growth?
  • We all decided to get dressed in our best outfits and pose for the camera.
  • Gas stations can pose significant hazards to nearby residents.
  • At the first sitting he did a series of pencil drawings, catching Tammy in characteristically piquant poses.
  • These long controls will enable you to maneuver around and trip the shutter quickly when the dog is in a favorable pose.
  • Not surprisingly, the essay tends to demonstrate that far-reaching tasks pose insoluble dilemmas.
British Dictionary definitions for posé


to assume or cause to assume a physical attitude, as for a photograph or painting
(intransitive) often foll by as. to pretend to be or present oneself (as something one is not)
(intransitive) to affect an attitude or play a part in order to impress others
(transitive) to put forward, ask, or assert: to pose a question
a physical attitude, esp one deliberately adopted for or represented by an artist or photographer
a mode of behaviour that is adopted for effect
Word Origin
C14: from Old French poser to set in place, from Late Latin pausāre to cease, put down (influenced by Latin pōnere to place)


verb (transitive)
(rare) to puzzle or baffle
(archaic) to question closely
Word Origin
C16: from obsolete appose, from Latin appōnere to put to, set against; see oppose
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Word Origin and History for posé



late 14c., "suggest, propose, suppose, assume," from Old French poser "put, place, propose," a term in debating, from Late Latin pausare "to halt, rest, pause" (source also of Italian posare, Spanish posar; see pause (v.)). The Old French verb (in common with cognates in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese) acquired the sense of Latin ponere "to put, place," by confusion of the similar stems. Meaning "put in a certain position" is from early 15c. Sense of "assume a certain attitude" is from 1840; the transitive sense (as an artist's model, etc.) is from 1859. Related: Posed; posing.

"to puzzle, confuse, perplex," 1590s, earlier "question, interrogate" (1520s), probably from Middle French poser "suppose, assume," from Old French poser "to put, place, set" (see pose (v.1)). Also in some cases a shortening of English appose "examine closely," and oppose. Related: Posed; posing.


"act of posing the body," 1818, from pose (v.1), in a sense developed in the French cognate. Figuratively from 1884.

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