- n. historical The able-bodied men over 15 in a given county who can be summoned by the sheriff to help keep the peace, or arrest a felon; also a group of men so gathered.
- n. figuratively Any band of men, especially armed or hostile.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Law) The power of the county, or the citizens who may be summoned by the sheriff to assist the authorities in suppressing a riot, or executing any legal precept which is forcibly opposed.
- colloq. A collection of people; a throng; a rabble.
- n. a temporary police force
- From Late Latin posse ("to be able (to have)") comitatus ("a company"). (Wiktionary)
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