American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A spiced drink of hot sweetened milk curdled with wine or ale.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A drink composed of hot milk curdled by some infusion, as wine or other liquor, formerly much in favor both as a luxury and as medicine.
- To curdle; coagulate.
- n. A beverage composed of hot milk curdled by some strong infusion, as by wine, etc.
- v. obsolete To curdle; to turn, as milk; to coagulate; as, to posset the blood
- v. To treat with possets; to pamper
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A beverage composed of hot milk curdled by some strong infusion, as by wine, etc., -- much in favor formerly.
- v. obsolete To curdle; to turn, as milk; to coagulate.
- v. rare To treat with possets; to pamper.
- n. sweet spiced hot milk curdled with ale or beer
- Middle English poshet, possot : perhaps Old French *posce (Latin pōsca, drink of vinegar and water from potāre, to drink; see potable + Latin esca, food from edere, to eat; see edible) + Middle English hot, hot; see hot. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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