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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: posse comitatus 'power of the county'

posse

noun
     
Related topics: Crime and Law
pos‧se [countable]
1 informal a group of the same kind of people
posse of
I was surrounded by a posse of photographers.
2SC a group of men gathered together by a sheriff (=local law officer) in the US in past times to help catch a criminal
3 American English informal
a) someone's group of friends - used especially by young people
b) a group of friends from a particular place who share an interest in rap, hip-hop, or house music [= massive British English]

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