from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Poetical works; poetry.
- n. The art or practice of composing poems.
- n. The inspiration involved in composing poetry.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The art of composing poems; poetical skill or faculty.
- n. Poetry; metrical composition; poems.
- n. A short conceit or motto engraved on a ring or other thing; a posy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of poetic composition; skill in making poems.
- n. Poetry; metrical composition.
- n. A poem.
- n. A motto or sentimental conceit engraved on a ring or other trinket. See posy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. literature in metrical form
Middle English poesie, from Old French, from Latin poēsis, from Greek poiēsis, from poiein, to create; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French poesie, from Latin poēsis. (Wiktionary)