Definition of posset in English:


Syllabification: pos·set
Pronunciation: /ˈpäsət


1A cold dessert made from thickened cream, typically flavored with lemon: lemon posset glazed with a sugar caramel
2 historical A drink made of hot milk curdled with ale, wine, or other alcoholic liquor and typically flavored with spices, drunk as a delicacy or as a remedy for colds.
More example sentences
  • A posset was a hot drink made from milk curdled with ale, wine, or other liquor, often with sugar, spices, and herbs added in.
  • Spiced cider and the alcoholic posset were served hot, but the staple beverage everywhere was beer, beginning with breakfast.
  • I think I love the names of trifles, possets, fools and syllabubs more than I enjoy eating them.

verb (possets, possetting, possetted)

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(Of a baby) regurgitate curdled milk: bless its little heart, it’s possetting again
More example sentences
  • I'm so used to the constant ‘possetting’ I forgot to mention it when I dropped the boy off, so the olds spent the day wondering whether Jr was really sick in a contagious sort of way.
  • From time to time the baby belched and possetted back a small quantity of milk.
  • Of course, Freddie pulled my hair and possetted onto it as soon as I got home again!


late Middle English: of unknown origin; the verb is first recorded in English dialect in the late 19th century.

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