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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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

Etymologies

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)

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