from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A group of people summoned by a sheriff to aid in law enforcement.
- n. A search party.
- n. A gang involved in crimes such as running guns and illegal narcotics trafficking.
- n. Slang A group of friends or associates.
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- n. A group of people summoned to help law enforcement
- n. A search party
- n. A criminal gang
- n. A group of associates
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See posse comitatus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Possibility.
- n. A sheriff's posse comitatus (see below); in general, a body or squad of men.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a temporary police force
Short for Medieval Latin posse comitātūs : Medieval Latin posse, power, body of men (from Latin, to be able; see potent) + comitātūs, genitive of comitātus, county.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin posse comitatus. (Wiktionary)